Our Dogs Make House Calls…


Ready to Lend a Paw

Caregiver Canines® was started in 2009 as a unique visiting therapy dog service. Our mission is to increase the well-being of seniors and their caregivers by matching them with a therapy dog team for visits in the comfort of their own home. The goal is to decrease loneliness and stress by providing connection, affection, comfort and joy to those that can no longer care for a pet of their own.

How Caregiver Canines® Can Help

All Caregiver Canines have been certified and are insured. They have been evaluated by the program coordinator to make sure they are a good fit for the program. The dogs and their handlers are carefully matched with senior citizens at a time and date that is convenient for both parties. The volunteer stays with the dog for the entire visit. The senior gets the best part of dog ownership. They get to interact and play with the dog without all the responsibility that goes along with pet ownership.

Interactions with dogs are known to reduce stress and loneliness and improve the health and self-esteem of those they visit. These visits are also beneficial to people with dementia because the dogs can help trigger memories of the past. This program brings together those who share a mutual love of both dogs and people.

Photo: Care receiver and Caregiver Canine

Caregiver Canines is made possible by the generous support of

Thanks to Pine Belt Subaru for supporting Caregiver Canines
through the Share the Love® Event.


Do you and your dog want to start therapy work with Caregiver Canines?

Is your dog certified?

Yes – Great, we would love to have you and your therapy dog on our team! Please contact the office at 732-505-2273 ext. 202. All the necessary paperwork will be mailed out and you and your dog can start volunteering after meeting the program coordinator.

No – Your dog must be a certified and insured therapy dog to volunteer with our program. Therapy dogs must have basic obedience and training for this work. You and your dog must also pass a test in order to be certified. It is not as hard as it sounds! Please contact the program coordinator at 732-505-2273 ext. 202 for referrals to training schools.

Scroll down for more frequently asked questions about Caregiver Canines.

Video Gallery

Caregiver Canines

Caregiver Canines was lucky to have two interns from Georgian Court University produce a video for us about our program. We hope that this shows you the special relationship our therapy dogs have with the people they visit. Pictures help to tell a story but to see the interaction as it happens is the best way to show our story. Enjoy! Thank you Kat and Doug!!

Posted by Caregiver Canines on Friday, 4 December 2015


FAQs about Caregiver Canines

What areas does Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey service?

In Ocean County

Bay Head, 08742
Bayville, 08721
Beachwood, 08722
Berkeley Township, 08721
Brick, 08724
Forked River, 08731
Island Heights, 08732
Jackson, 08527
Lakehurst, 08733
Lakewood, 08701
Lanoka Harbor, 08734
Lavallette 08735
Manchester, 08759
Mantoloking, 08738
Normandy Beach, 08739
Ocean Beach
Ortley Beach, 08751
Pine Beach, 08741
Point Pleasant, 08742
Seaside Heights, 08751
Seaside Park, 08752
South Toms River, 08757
Toms River, 08753, 08754, 08755, 08756, 08757
Whiting, 08759




In Monmouth County

Allentown, 08501
Asbury Park, 07712
Belmar, 07719
Bradley Beach, 07720
Brielle, 08730
Colts Neck (limited), 07722
Eatontown (limited),
Englishtown, 07726
Fair Haven, 07704
Farmingdale, 07727
Freehold, 07728
Howell, 07331
Lincroft, 07738
Long Branch, 07740
Manalapan, 07726
Manasquan, 08736
Marlboro, 07746
Morganville, 07751
Neptune, 07753
Oakhurst (limited), 07755
Ocean, 07712
Ramtown, 07731
Red Bank (limited), 07701
Sea Girt, 08750
Spring Lake, 07762
Spring Lake Heights, 07762
Tinton Falls (limited), 07724
Upper Freehold (limited), 08501
Wall, 07719

Are the dogs certified and insured?

Yes, all dogs have been trained and certified. They have all been screened by the Caregiver Canines® Manager and are insured.

How often do they visit?

Visits are typically once a week for an hour but can vary depending on preferences.

Do the volunteers stay with the dog on the visit?

Yes, the dogs are owned by their handlers and the handler will be present for the whole visit.

Are there other resources in Ocean or Monmouth County that can help me?

We’ve gathered a list of resources beneficial to those with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers located in Monmouth and Ocean County. You can view them at this link: https://caregivervolunteers.org/community-resources/

Community Resources