Sarah Dooley student and teacher with therapy dog Loki.
The therapeutic power of animal companionship can be seen every week at our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism where students enjoy visits from Loki, a Golden Retriever pup and certified therapy dog from Warren Retrievers. All grade levels have the chance to pet, feed, walk and play with Loki.
While therapy dogs can have a calming effect on children with autism, they also provide an opportunity to engage in social activities and build communication skills. Interactions with dogs can also teach responsibility, compassion, and respect for other living things.
Having dogs at the Villa is a tradition that goes back many years. In the Villa's days as an orphanage, each cottage had a St. Bernard to share love with the children here.