Volunteers with their pets, usually dogs, give comfort to victims and rescue workers following a disaster. Most are trained for Animal Assisted Therapy
Dog and handler teams assist in the safe effective emotional rescue, recovery, and on-going support for victims and responders affected by crisis and disaster
Emotional support dogs and their owners are helping in an evacuation center during the forest fires in southern California. Describes the Hope Crisis Response team training program. [Disaster News Network]
This non-profit organization works with national, state, and local crisis and disaster relief agencies as well as the academic community. It sponsors and hosts conferences, seminars and presentations on Canine Crisis Intervention. Articles on several aspects of this work.
Workers at Ground Zero receive therapy and a grief outlet in the shape of a golden retriever called Nikie - the site's only certified therapy dog. Other dogs helped at the city's family assistance centres. [BBC News]
Good-natured German Shepherd worked with abused children and accompanied them into court during trials. Part of the Children's Advocacy Center
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