Halton Police adds Support Dog to Help Stressed People

If life is a journey then this Journey is about making life a little less stressful for people who have had a traumatic experience. Halton Regional Police Service has added its newest officer to help with this goal. She’s Journey. Journey is an 18-month-old yellow Labrador who is the first graduate of the Oakville-based Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides who has been trained as a support dog. Initially considered as a candidate for the foundation’s autism support dog program, Dog Guide officials believed Journey’s gentle demeanour also could be used for another purpose — helping children and adults in crisis, either as victims or witnesses of a crime or sudden tragedy, in their dealings with police and the justice system. It is not cheap to train a Dog Guide. Each one costs an average of $25,000 to train, but they are provided free to qualifying Canadians. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations and fundraisers…..Ed
Source: Tim Whitnell / Photo: Nikki Wesley

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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