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Demand for trained therapy dogs rising in Japan

As the need for more therapy dogs across Japan increases, the Japan Animal Therapy Association is actively fundraising this winter.

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The Japan Times reports that in response to the increasing demand worldwide for dogs as therapy companions for elderly people and those with special needs, the Japanese nonprofit, Japan Animal Therapy Association is requesting donations to raise and train more dogs.

JATA currently has about 140 dogs and they estimate it costs them about $5,000 - 8,000 to raise and train each dog over the course of six months to a year.

What do you think about the increasing acceptance of the use of therapy dogs in other countries?

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