Dogs often have quirky, sweet, and funny personalities. Some dogs use their good nature to help humans who are having a hard time. With special training, dogs can become certified volunteer therapy animals. These therapy dogs can help children to read, assist people recovering in the hospital, or even comfort grieving people. Therapy dogs are different than service dogs, who are usually paired with one person that needs ongoing assistance, according to the American Kennel Club.

You might not expect to see pit bulls as therapy dogs. Pit bulls are often perceived as aggressive or even dangerous, despite the fact that in the not-so-distant past, pit bulls were a celebrated American breed.

We found seven pit bulls that are certified therapy dogs, and show the goofy, compassionate, and comforting presence that these specially-trained dogs can have. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with all of their adventures!

1. Skyler the Therapy Dog helps kids read with her sweet personality.skyler the pit bull therapy dog wearing happy birthday hat2. Lily has helped people in all types of places, including a nursing home, elementary schools, libraries, and a juvenile detention center.lily the pit bull therapy dog wearing bear snood3. Stevie is a blind pit bull who helps people at a local detox center in Salt Lake City.stevie the blind pit bull therapy dog4. Buddy is not only a certified therapy dog, but also teaches Canine Compassion classes (with his human mom).buddy the pit bull therapy dog wearing a cowboy hat5. Peaches was the 2013 Governor Volunteer of the Year in North Carolina!

peaches, a pit bull therapy dog, wearing bunny ears

6. Aladdin’s sweet personality shone through even when he was first found as very emaciated and ill pup. Now healthy and happy, he visits Ronald McDonald House and local schools as a therapy dog!

aladdin the pit bull therapy dog

7. Elle the Pitbull is a therapy dog with many awards for her work helping kids and adults, including the American Humane Association’s 2013 American Hero Dog.elle the pit bull therapy dog

No matter where you are in the country, you can learn more about therapy dogs (and even get certified!) through Pet Partners. If you’re in the New York City area, check out the Good Dog Foundation.

Do you work with a therapy dog or follow a great therapy dog on Facebook or Instagram? Share your pics and pups on our Facebook page!