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Inspire resilience and recovery.

In times of crisis, the element that is most common is the breaking of bonds. During these times, we are forcefully separated from the people and places that are most important to us. Our feelings and emotions that we feel for others are thrown into chaos. 

Research has shown, that when we respond to the psychological needs of individuals, during times of crisis, as quickly as possible, it helps reduce negative long-term effects such as unemployment or substance abuse. 

Canines help with this. 

 

(info from: crisisresponsecanines.org)

Why the focus on crisis?

  • Crisis affects our entire community, even if you aren't the one experiencing the crisis. 

  • Unmet need in the community. 

  • Not a service currently provided in our community. 

  • Through my work, I see so much crisis within families and children. 

  • Increase in every day stress and demands. 

  • Limited resources/funding available.

  • Crisis is defined by individual. 

  • Crisis' left unaddressed, often manifests into bigger crisis situations such as drug and alcohol abuse, etc. 

  • Increase mental illness.

When therapy dogs visit a healthcare facility, senior center or school, they can: 

  • Calm a hyperactive child or stimulate a withdrawn patient or older adult. 

  • Provide a welcome change from daily routine. 

  • Help to relieve loneliness and depression. 

  • Facilitate conversation and interaction.

  • Lower a patient's blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Stimulate minds, lift spirits and spark memories.

Animals have a calming effect.

Petting, hugging and snuggling an animal is calming and can improve mood. Such touch has been linked to increasing oxytocin levels, dopamine and serotonin in our brains. Interacting with a comfort dog can also reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Studies show comfort from animals eases anxiety and fear during times of crisis.

Most people are able to connect with dogs and instantly feel the love and comfort they provide.

Other benefits of canine comfort:

  • Reduces loneliness.

  • Provides a change in pace or routine.

  • Reduces pain.

  • Can provide a distraction during a crisis or stressful situation.