First Responder Therapy Dogs have been working in the field since 2020, calming first responders and putting smiles on hundreds of faces.
Visits to fire stations, police departments, and 911 call centers are scheduled in advance. During the one to two-hour visits, therapy dog teams spend time with the personnel on shift.
Following a challenging call, a defusing session typically occurs with the staff involved. A therapy dog joins to assist attendees in addressing their emotional responses to what they experienced during a high stress incident. The dogs handler also attends but does not participate in the session.
Wildland Fire Base Camp visits are offered in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Oregon. These visits typically occur as the first responders are getting ready to back on shift battling a fire.
In California, First Responder Therapy Dogs coordinates directly with Cal Fire to make scheduled visits to base camps established for fighting wildland fires. These visits take place over several days as the team(s) visit different shifts of firefighters.
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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First Responder Therapy Dogs, INC
2100 4th Street #C153
San Rafael, CA 94901
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