All About Furry Friends


Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. was founded by a group of like-minded persons who were involved in visits to several local care giving facilities.  This venture, in time, evolved into an organization which, in addition to visiting various facilities, recruits and evaluates other volunteers and their dogs for therapy work.

It has long been demonstrated that the comforting interaction between animals, dogs in particular, and humans have lessened, and even alleviated, some of the many afflictions associated with aging, depression, poor health, hospital stays or confinement.

It is our belief that even brief visits and contact with gentle dogs have actually contributed to the mental well being of many individuals.

Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. operates under Bylaws spelling out the orderly and democratic conduct of business.  The organization is comprised of members who reside in a relatively compact geographic area and conduct scheduled visits to many facilities.

Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. on-going goals include:

  • Therapy dog visits to health care facilities
  • Education programs on dog safety and dog ownership responsibility
  • Furry Friends Book Club at Coos Bay Library
  • Recruit members and their pet dogs
  • Evaluate the human/dog teams
  • Research the need for visitations at various facilities

Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. has outreach programs to educate the public as to the benefit and purpose of Furry Friends:

  • Booths at local fairs and festivals
  • Media Advertising
  • Speakers’ bureau for local local civic groups

The Internal Revenue Service has determined that Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Cod as of February 18, 2004.  Federal EIN is 20-0656294.

Donations are tax-deductible.

Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. is registered with the Secretary of State, Corporate Division , State of Oregon as a domestic nonprofit corporation.  The nonprofit type is Public Benefit with Members.  Articles of Incorporation were filed on February 18, 2004.  Registration Number is 201774-99.

Furry Friends Therapy Dogs, Inc. is also registered, under the Charitable Trust and Corporation Act, with the Oregon Department of Justice, Charitable Activities Section.  The By-Laws were accepted April 22, 2004.  Registration Number is 33234.