Companions for Courage
As a part of the community outreach program of South Lake Animal League, Companions for Courage is 501(3)c non-profit group made up of volunteer teams comprising of a handler and a special Therapy Dog that are there to “help make the sad things seem not so bad”. The volunteers and...
K9th Circuit Program
The need for trauma sensitive courts is being recognized in courts throughout the nation. This need is clearly evident when children become involved in the court system as victims of abuse. To address this need, the Ninth Judicial Circuit established the K9th Circuit Program. The program,...
Sit... Stay... Now Beg for Me: A Look at the Courthouse Dogs Program and the Legal Standard Pennsylvania Should Use to Determine Whether a Dog Can Accompany a Child on the Witness Stand
Contributor(s):: Matthew Kaiser
Douglas Lare “felt ‘betrayed by all people,’” but when he took the stand to testify, Ellie, a “yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever mix,” sat right beside Douglas, comforting him through his emotional testimony. Prosecutors in several states have...
The Effects of Facility Animals in the Courtroom on Juror Decision-Making
Contributor(s):: Kayla Burd
Courthouse dogs (sometimes referred to as facility animals) are expertly trained canines which may be used to assist individuals with psychological, emotional, or physical difficulties in a myriad of courtroom situations. While these animals are increasingly used to assist young witness to court,...
Contributor(s):: Burd, Kayla
Oct 05 2015
2015 International Courthouse Dogs Conference
Comfort Only a Canine Companion Can Provide: An Interview with Stephanie Perkins
04 Aug 2015 |
Posted by Katie Carroll
Testifying in court is often nerve-wracking and distressing for people. However, when a child victim is asked to testify about a sexual abuse case, a whole new level of anxiety is present....
Oct 27 2014
Courthouse Dogs Conference
Goldstar Animals Helping People Inc.
Goldstar Animals Helping People, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation licensed in the state of New Mexico. The mission of Goldstar Animals Helping People is to improve the quality of life for the residents of northern New Mexico through a therapeutic program which includes services and...
Canines in the Courtroom
| Contributor(s):: Debra S. Hart-Cohen
This article discusses the growing interest in using therapy dogs in courtrooms.
By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate
| Contributor(s):: William Glaberson
Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, strikes up debate over the lagality of having dogs present in the courtroom.
Paws As Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs
Paws As Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs, founded in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life throughout our community by providing “Special PALS for Special Needs”. Our specially trained dogs are placed as:Service PALS to help children with autism...
Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program
| Contributor(s):: Allie Phillips, J.D., Diana McQuarrie
This is a program manual for Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK). The document includes information on animal assisted therapy and gives readers assistance in learning how to implement animal assisted therapy.
Recommendations by the National District Attorneys Association Task Force on the Use of Therapy Animals in Judicial Proceedings
Allie Phillips has chaired the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Task Force on the Use ofTherapy Animals in Judicial Proceedings. The Task Force supports the inclusion of trained and registeredanimals that offer therapeutic assistance to crime victims , and the guidelines outlined in...
A Victim's Advocate supports therapy dogs in the courtroom
| Contributor(s):: S. Parmalee
A letter from Susan Parmalee, Victim Advocate, Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit, Tallahassee, FL to lawmakers regarding the benefits of using of therapy dogs in courtrooms.
10 Considerations for Adding the Courts to Your Facility
A growing number of jurisdictions across the country are including the use of trained and registeredanimals – such as therapy and “facility” dogs – to offer therapeutic assistance to crime victims. TheNational District Attorneys Association assembled as task force in 2012 to offer recommended...
5 Steps for Developing a Courthouse Therapy Dog Program in Your Jurisdiction
A list of steps for court personnel on the process of getting a Courthouse Therapy Dog Program.
Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs
Numerous jurisdictions around the nation are recognizing the value of using animal therapy teams in court proceedings when preparing child witnesses. This website was created to highlight “best practices” from programs around the nation. It will assist court personnel interested in developing...
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is an accredited, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially trained dogs to help them live more independent lives.