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OUR HISTORY

Cynthia Hinckley, founder of Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, Inc., has had dogs in her life since childhood. She learned early on that dogs are an important part of our lives and are very special companions.

Ms. Hinckley has worked in the field of education for more than twenty years.  She has been working with therapy dogs since 1992 and has evaluated and mentored hundreds of therapy dog teams throughout New England. Six of her own dogs have been therapy dogs and together they have made over 30,000 visits to patients in psychiatric facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, Alzheimer’s units, on hospice care, and have worked in special reading programs for elementary school age children.  She has witnessed over and over again the magical connection between humans and canines. 

In her early days of visiting, Hinckley joined several therapy dog organizations and for a period of seven years served as the volunteer coordinator of the MSPCA Pet Visitation Program.  She grew compelled to create a therapy dog organization that took many of the elements of the various programs and develop them further into a program dedicated to serving communities with thoroughly screened and trained therapy dog teams that are placed in programs designed to capture the true benefits of the human-canine bond.  In August 2004, Hinckley founded Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, Inc.

 

 

 


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