Therapy Dogs

The Cornell Companions Oneida County Volunteer Program provides reading education assistance to improve the literacy skills of children, employing a unique approach and a classic concept: reading with a dog.

The Program also trains dogs and their owners for other volunteer work, including visits to nursing homes, special needs centers, child care centers and family day care homes.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Cornell Companions, contact Donna Gatto (315) 736-3394 Ext. 224 or by e-mail at  

A volunteeer application form is available for download here.

Our 2017 Spring Training Class is FULL.
we are no longer accepting applications

Our 2017 Fall Training Class will be held on the following dates:
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
Registration is required by September 18, 2017

Please contact Donna Gatto for more information.

Also check our events calendar for upcoming Cornell Companions Oneida County Volunteer Program events. 

Cornell Companions Oneida County graduates will be registered through Therapy Dogs Inc. Their website can be found at