Therapups
Pet Therapy Service


 
 

Challenge:
Create a service that contributes to more inclusive communities by addressing the loneliness and isolation that elderly residents - in large urban areas - experience due to mobility challenges. 

Solution:
Therapups is a "for-profit" dog walking service with a "social-good component" that provides regular pet therapy visits to elderly people that struggle social isolation due to loss of: mobility, friends, family and or steady income. The proposed solution would be enabled by partnership with the Good Dog Foundation, the New York City Department for the Aging and a grant through the New York Foundation for Eldercare. 

Project Type: 
Service Design / Design Research / Design Strategy / Social Innovation

Project Definition Models:
STEEP Analysis / Business Model Canvas / Empathy Map / Context Map / Cause & Effect "fishbone" Diagram

Award: Core77 Design Awards 2016 / Service Design Honor - Student Notable