About Us



The Heart of Texas Therapy Dog group was founded in 2003 and is made up of registered teams from the national group Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).

Currently we have 165 members with 210 dogs in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. We have 65 facilities that are on our monthly calendar for members to visit. Membership in our group allows handler(s) and their dog(s) to attend visits at most of our Heart of Texas Therapy Dog facilities. (Note: some facilities may have additional requirements for their volunteers.) We have 4 social events each year. Two are outdoor events where the dogs are welcome and do not have to be in work mode (2 foot rule) and everyone can enjoy each other’s company. The other two events are for the members (no dogs).

To learn how to join us, review the guidelines on the volunteer page. Our organization greatly values the camaraderie we share as we work together to bring joy and smiles to people of all ages.


More to come on the history of the group!

Board members

President: Sheryll Barker

VP of Activities: Diane Gossett

VP of Membership: Tom Crowley

Assistant - Membership: Joni Cable

Assistant - Communications: Cyndi Daugherty

Secretary: Micki Jenkins

Treasurer: Beverly Reynolds

For technical inquiries only: Webmaster

For new facility inquiries or special event requests for therapy teams: Sheryll Barker