Southern Wisconsin Canine Therapy Dog Association is the only American Kennel Club Recognized Therapy Dog Organization in the state of Wisconsin!
History & Purpose

History & Purpose

Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide care and comfort to those in need by using our greatest resource – our canine companions. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Establishing and communicating standards of practice for the use of specially trained dogs in a social setting.
  • Providing education to members of our association and people in the communities we serve.
  • Educating communities on the opportunities and benefits of canine assisted therapy.
  • Providing the highest quality and best trained canine/handler teams in the areas we serve.

Vision Statement

Every day, Southern Wisconsin Canine Therapy Dog Association canines and their handlers work to provide comfort and care to those in need. Our goal is to motivate, inspire, and comfort those in need. We strive to set the example by having recognized standards, highly educated handlers, and a certification program recognized by the AKC.

  • Integrity

    We consider trust and Integrity to be essential in all relationships we develop within our community. As individuals and as an association, we:
         - Are committed to honestly and with integrity operating our association to the best of our abilities.
         - Are committed to financial integrity.
         - Are committed to being professional in the services and educational programs that we provide.
         - Agree to support and pledge allegiance to our association and support all decisions made.
         - Agree to assess ourselves as an association and make any necessary changes.


  • Caring

    We are compassionate and supportive to the communities, businesses, and people we serve. As individuals and as an association, we:
         - Value the positive influence of the human/animal bond as it impacts, the health, hope, and healing of those we meet.
         - Are committed to serving with empathy.
         - Are responsive to the needs of our community and those in need of our services.


  • Respect

    We have an all-inclusive respect for all members of our association as well as those that we serve. As individuals and as an association, we:
         - Believe everyone is important regardless of gender, race, religion, culture, or ethnicity.
         - Respect, recognize, and appreciate the individuality of the community and people we serve, our Association, volunteers, and any other members of our community.
         - Resolve conflicts with honesty, respect, and compassion for others.


  • Service

    We are committed to providing quality services and education. As individuals and as an association, we:
         - Are selfless in our service to others.
         - Are sincere in our mission of promoting comfort and caring through highly trained therapy dogs.
         - Are committed to making a difference.
         - Strive to meet the needs of our community.
         - Promote our services in the community.
         - Are promoting safe program development and operations through educational seminars and presentations in the communities we serve.
         - Value relationships we have within the communities we serve.