Animal Assisted Therapy

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Assisted Living Services, Inc. offers complimentary animal assisted therapy to its homecare clients. Sonny is our amazing Golden Retriever who is a Registered Therapy Animal. On home visits he is accompanied by Sharon and/or Ron D’Aquila, owners of Assisted Living Services and Registered Pet Partner Handlers.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Ron and Sharon D’Aquila with Sonny

Assisted Living Services is one of only a few home care agencies in the United States to offer animal assisted therapy, which is usually limited to facilities such as nursing homes. It is just one of the many services that sets us apart.

Some of the activities done during home visits with Sonny include going for a short walk, giving Sonny treats, and petting or brushing Sonny. Overall, the animal assisted therapy visits provide positive physical, emotional, and psychological benefits to the elderly, such as:

  • Lowering blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improving mood, depression and loneliness
  • Increasing social interaction
  • Increasing appetite and adherence to medical regimen

To request a visit, contact Sharon or Ron at 203-634-8668

Or fill out the form below and we’ll reach out to you.

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Videos featuring Sonny visiting our clients.


Sonny has completed extensive training and obedience courses followed by extensive course and handling work through Pet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society) that have enabled him to become a Registered Therapy Animal.

Sonny will be bathed and well groomed prior to each visit. He has complete veterinary records/immunizations, and is fully insured.