Hinsdale Humane Society Offers Pet Therapy to Children and Seniors

A board-certified veterinarian in practice since 1984, Dr. Todd Prince currently treats patients at several animal care centers in the greater Chicago area. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Todd Prince supports local charities and nonprofits, including the Hinsdale Humane Society.

Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, the Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) is an independent animal shelter that serves homeless animals and the general public through a range of programs and activities. In addition to various programs aimed at animal protection and care, the HHS oversees several pet therapy programs for children and seniors.

The HHS’ pet therapy activities began in 1982 with the launch of its first therapy program, Pet-a-Pet, which sends select animals and trained owners to senior care and retirement facilities. The organization also offers two youth-focused programs: R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) and CARe (Canine Assisted Rehabilitation). R.E.A.D and CARe use teams of trained owners and registered therapy animals to assist children in schools, libraries, and hospitals.

As a nonprofit organization, the HHS relies on the support of dedicated volunteers to continue its work. To learn more about any of the organization’s programs or to find out how to become an HHS volunteer, visit http://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.