Presentation at Boston Children’s Hospital

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Last Saturday about 35 AAI practitioners from New England gathered at Boston Children’s Hospital for a networking meeting.  Presentations from Tufts, Beth Israel, Soul Friends and Wheeler Clinic explored issues like therapy animal screening, policy issues and outcome measures.  Our work at Soul Friends, Inc was well received.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

New Horses Inspire Logo celebrates 6 years of services

Therapy Dogs at Work and Play

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Every day provides an opportunity for a lesson  learned in my life living with 4 therapy dogs – today the lesson  from Noah is REST.  As someone living with a chronic illness, while also trying to run a nonprofit  – my mind often forgets to slow down.  My body provides the daily reminder to stop moving, but my mind never seems to rest.

Noah  is a chocolate lab puppy mill dog  now 6 years old.  He loves his ball and loves to run on hikes.  However, as he lays by my side today he is reminding me to REST  and enjoy the moment.

Petflix Film Festival

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Statewide nonprofit invites short film submissions to the first annual  Petflix Film Festival on November 21, 2009.  Celebrate your love of your pet dog, horse, cat and small animals and watch their story shown on the big screen.  Or celebrate the work of your therapy dog or therapeutic riding partner..  For more information download entrance form on our download page at or buy tickets for the event at

DEADLINE for Short Film Festival submissions is November 7th

Therapy Dogs at Work and Play : Series 1

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Soul Friends therapy dogs love their work.  Attached see a story on them at work with students at a school in CT.   During this session the most amazing thing happened with one boy living with autism spectrum who had participated in our program four months earlier.  He walked in for a special hello and his first words were “there’s Muffin, look she got a haircut!”.  Not only did the boy remember Muffin’s name but noticed and attended to the change in her appearance.  As a clinical social worker,for over 20 years  it was one of my most rewarding moments of my career.

Stay tuned the Soul Friends Therapy Dogs at Work and Play Series.  For information on the book Therapy Dogs at Work and Play visit or

Kate Nicoll, LCSW

Special Dogs Going to Special Students

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Special Dogs Going to Special Students

NBC30 Video

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

NBC30 recently posted the following video segment regarding Soul Friends.  Click here to see it!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Therapy Dogs at Work

Help Build Equine Program!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Support our efforts to build an equine program – and please donate at this holiday season.  Soul Friends has had a pony donated if we can raise $6,000 by the end of the year.

Soul Friends in the News

Thursday, September 4th, 2008


  • Dogs Help Special Needs Children, Meriden Record Journal, February 16, 2007
  • Pet Loss, New Haven Register, April 2006
  • New Haven Register, March 2008 Article on the treatment of children who abuse animals
  • Middletown Press, March 2008, Dogs help kids
  • Hartford Courant, March 2008, Muffin and Bear help kids cope