Is Love on a Leash a new organization?
Love on a Leash (LOAL) was founded in 1984 in California. National headquarters are still in San Diego County, California. As of June 2017, there are about 2,300 active members in 69 chapters across 23 states. Music City LOAL is proud to service Middle Tennessee. Our The Music City LOAL chapter was established in September 2015 and is currently led by Amy Sloan of Mount Juliet, TN. We are comprised of 18 teams and counting–one of which is a cat!
Am I committing to regular events in becoming a chapter member?
Music City LOAL is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization, whose main goal is to brighten’s someone’s day. As volunteers, we understand everyone’s time is valuable and we each have our own obligations. Your level of individual or group participation is up to you, but of course we’d love to see everyone actively brightening someone’s day.
Can only dogs be certified to volunteer?
Music City LOAL certifies dogs, cats and rabbits as therapy pets. Volunteer teams (handler = pet) are required to pass a control evaluation, demonstrating mastery of obedience skills and complete a series of supervised visits. Once certified, the team (whether your pet is a dog, cat or rabbit) is covered by a general liability insurance policy while providing therapy visits.
Do I need to live in Davidson Co? Where do you volunteer?
Our volunteers live in and around Nashville, TN and visit a variety of places in Davidson and surrounding counties. Some of our regular visits include assisted living/memory care, rehabilitation, VA Murfreesboro, special needs classrooms, community events, and college campuses for stress relief. You can refer to our Event Calendar to view and schedule yourself for volunteer locations.
Do you train therapy dogs and pets?
Music City LOAL does not train therapy pets. Our volunteer therapy pets are all privately owned by their handlers and trained prior to completing the control evaluation. Training begins with solid obedience skills and good socialization. This can be done wherever the owner chooses (see our Resources page for information on locally vetted trainers and facilities). Above all else, good temperament is a MUST.
Can you help me get a service dog?
Unfortunately no, Music City LOAL provides pet THERAPY. This is different and separate from service and emotional support animals. While service and emotional support dogs are trained to provide specialized care for one specific person with unique physical or psychological needs, our therapy pets are strictly volunteers who provide comfort and companionship across the board. As privately owned volunteers, therapy pets go home with their handlers at the end of a visit. They are not matched with individuals or trained for singular support.
Are their any breed restrictions in becoming a therapy dog?
No breed restrictions apply, with the exception on wolf hybrids. All pets must be at least one year of age with basic obedience knowledge to be considered.
Why should I choose Music City LOAL as my parent organization?
Music City LOAL is an active volunteer organization, so there’s always an opportunity to serve the community! Several of our members participate in other dog sports/activities and many are also R.E.A.D. certified for reading education assistance.
In Spring 2016 Music City LOAL was nominated for a Hands On Nashville Volunteer Award. In Spring 2017, we were awarded Hall of Fame WINNER for our work at Signature Healthcare in Madison, TN. In Winter 2017, we became the first LOAL chapter nationally to receive a significant monetary donation from a generous Nashville family Foundation.