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Providing Therapeutic Benefit to People
Through the Use of Animals

Tails of Joy members volunteer throughout Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties and neighboring towns in Connecticut.


About Tails of Joy

Animal Assisted Therapy Interaction

Tails Of Joy was established in 1995 by a small group who were making regular pet therapy visits with their companion dogs to area nursing homes. Since then the Tails Of Joy family has grown considerably. Members currently visit in a number of facilities and participate in a wide variety of programs with dogs, cats, and rabbits.


Visiting teams are registered with a nationally recognized animal therapy organization.

Please explore our website to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.

Benefits of Membership in Tails of Joy
  • Intermountain Therapy Animal and Pet Partner evaluation/re-evaluation at no cost by our member evaluators.
  • Mentoring by an experienced therapy team handler.
  • Support and information exchange with other members.
  • Coverage under Tails of Joy insurance policy for volunteer pet visiting activities.
  • Educational Events.

2020 - 2021 Board of Directors

  • President Caroline Gaetano
  • Vice President Christine Anderson
  • Secretary Kirsten Taylor
  • Treasurer Steven Kornfeld
  • Board Member Rebecca Caldwell
  • Board Member Colin Ladd
  • Board Member Vacant Position

Tails of Joy Mission

  • To provide a network of dependable, caring volunteers committed to providing a therapeutic benefit through the use of animals to people who need comfort or company
  • To provide support, training and education to those interested in animal therapy programs
  • To build connections between volunteers, facilities and individuals seeking animal therapy

Based in the Manchester, Connecticut area, Tails of Joy has members throughout Connecticut.

Tails of Joy, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. 

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