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First Responders, including firefighters, paramedics, EMS, law enforcement, dispatch centers, and search and rescue personnel, answer the call to serve and protect.
These jobs can be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging. First Responders can experience extreme stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and even suicidal impulses. Within this population, there is a stigma attached to asking for help.
Treatment tools such as time-off and incident debriefs are not enough. First Responder Therapy Dogs offers a new, simple, effective, free mental health tool – emotional support from a trained therapy dog—without the stigma of asking for help.
Trained teams (handler and dog) go into the field and visit on-duty first responders. The goal is to provide this free service to as many first responders in as many locations across the country as possible. We provide this service in-the-field with a hands-on approach. All of our services are volunteer-based.
Therapy dogs have a calming effect. Their presence helps reduce blood pressure and stress while improving moods, allowing responders improved focus on the communities they serve while also receiving care for themselves.
Research demonstrates that therapy dog services positively impact this communities' mental health challenges. Research shows that therapy dog services positively impact this population's mental health issues.
The use of therapy dogs has demonstrated the following:
January 2021 through November 2023:
June 1, 2023
We appreciate any level of donation that works for you. Donations are used to bring therapy dog services to as many first responders as possible. First responder organizations rely on our services but do not fund them. With your tax-deductible contribution, we will continue to be a powerful tool in supporting the mental health challenges faced by first responders.
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