A wide-range of first responders including firefighters/ paramedics, dispatchers, search and rescue and law enforcement answer the call to help and protect. Being on the frontlines can be physically and mentally challenging, and these everyday heroes often suffer from mental health challenges. First Responder Therapy Dogs leads the way in addressing mental health needs by providing emotional support to first responders with the use of therapy dogs. We provide this service in-the-field with a hands-on approach. Research shows that therapy dog services positively impact this population's mental health issues.
The use of therapy dogs has demonstrated the following outcomes:
“We are tasked with things that push us to our limits and having something like a dog brings some type of normalcy back into our lives. Having that comfort is absolutely therapeutic.”
John Aitchison, a firefighter in Marin County, CA
Our therapy dog teams are available for service in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.
Meet Winston (L), a first responder therapy dog working in Florida.
To become an official First Responder Therapy Dogs team the handler and dog must successfully complete our certification process. If you are interested, please email us to learn more about the process. Once certified, the team is issued an official First Responder Therapy Dogs vest (models pictured left), official First Responder Therapy Dogs ID credentials, and liability insurance. The team is now ready to visit first responders!
Contact Info@firstrespondertherapydogs.org or download the Therapy Dog Certification Application below.
We appreciate any level of donation that works for you. Your donations will be used to provide specific programs and to support our mission and goals. With your tax-deductible contribution, we will continue to be a powerful tool in helping first responders take to the frontline.
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