Comfort Dog Program

Individuals who have been paired with Emotional Support Animals show dramatic improvement working through a range of challenges like PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. The CACSC is happy to introduce our newest team members, Remi and Odie! Remi is a licensed emotional support dog available to children, families, and staff to provide a comforting presence. He will be joined by Odie, who was born in the summer of 2021. Odie will complete a series of trainings before joining therapy sessions as a licensed therapy dog in 2022.

Research shows that children who have spent as little as one week’s time with an Emotional Support Animal like Remi or Odie saw a decrease in trauma effects by 82%.*

(*Journal of Evidence-based Social Work)

What can I help with?

  • I can help children regulate their emotions.
  • Reassure children that they are safe while overcoming trauma.
  • Provide a sense of calm for someone experiencing anxiety or stress.
  • Empower children with learning and behavioral disabilities.
  • Connect to children who may struggle to bond with their peers or adults.

How does this work?

With permission, Remi will be introduced to a child, family, or individual at the CACSC. His training helps him recognize when someone is experiencing distress, approach that person calmly and quietly, and offer them support by laying his head on their lap or his body near them. Remi’s warmth, softness, and gentle demeanor help our own brains to release the chemical oxytocin, which is responsible for “warm fuzzy” feelings like love, social bonding, and overall wellbeing.

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