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Facility Dog Material


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There is a reason we call Fido,"Man's Best Friend".  Dogs are unconditional lovers and provide comfort and safety to children going through traumatic life experiences. That is why our therapy dogs are so vital to the work that is done in CACs across Washington State. These dogs help children feel calm and secure when our forensic interviewers gather the information they need to bring healing to the victim and justice to the abuser.

Examining the Effects of a Facility Dog and stress in children undergoing forensic interviews

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Download the Journal: Examining the Effects of a Service-Trained Facility Dog and Stress in Children Undergoing Forensic Interview for Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program Manual

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American Humane - Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program Manual

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Guidelines for Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog in the Workplace

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Download: Guidelines for the Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog in the Workplace

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Facility Dogs at CAC's & in Legal Proceedings: Best Practice Guide


The Courthouse Dogs Foundation, in collaboration with Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center provides a Best Practices Guide titled: Facility Dogs at Children's Advocacy Centers & in Legal Proceedings.

You can download the pdf below or visit the website: https://courthousedogs.org/  for more information.
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This Manual provides information about: starting a courthouse facility dog program in your organization; using courthouse facility dogs at a CAC; and using courthouse facility dogs in the courtroom. *89 page pdf*

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Useful Forms:

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If you need assistance with changing the forms to fit your individual centers needs and do not have the software to accomplish this, please reach out to Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington at admin@cacwa.org or call us at 360-753-3703 and we would be glad to provide assistance.

Animal Assisted Therapy Questionnaire 

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Animal Assisted Therapy Questionnaire Form

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CARES Northwest Therapeutic Animal Contact Introduction

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Cares Northwest Therapeutic Animal Contact Introduction Form

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Facility Dog Protocol

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Facility Dog Policy and Procedures Form

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CARES Northwest Facility Dog Guidelines

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CARES Northwest Guidelines for Interacting with a Facility Dog

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Useful Websites:

If you know of any helpful facility dog websites you would like to see added here please email admin@cacwa.org

Courthousedogs.org


Courthouse Dogs Foundation


"Training People for successful partnerships with courthouse facility dogs"  

Their Mission: "Courthouse Dogs Foundation promotes justice with compassion by helping legal professionals successfully implement courthouse facility dog programs using best practices in this field"
 
They strive to accomplish their mission by: 
  • Educating members of the public and legal professionals about the benefits of courthouse facility dogs assisting vulnerable people in the legal system.

  • Guiding governmental agencies (prosecutor offices and law enforcement agencies) and nonprofit organizations (child advocacy centers and victim advocacy groups) in program development using a best practices model.

  • Supporting assistance dog organizations, that are members of Assistance Dogs International, that train and place facility dogs with legal professionals working with victims, witnesses and other vulnerable people involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes and other stressful legal proceedings.

  • Encouraging and facilitating scientific research on the use of courthouse facility dogs.

Best Practices Manual: Providing information about: starting a courthouse facility dog program in your organization; using courthouse facility dogs at the Children's Advocacy Centers; and using courthouse facility dogs in the courtroom. This manual is provided above under: Facility Dogs Information and Resources: Facility Dogs at CAC's & in Legal Proceedings: Best Practice Guide  

Free Consultaions Given!


You can also find them on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CourthouseDogsFoundation/

(*all information quoted directly from their website: courthousedogs.org/about-us)

Projectcanine.org



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Project Canine Therapy Dogs

Therapy dog education, certification, and outreach. Complete the process to become a therapy dog team in Seattle, WA and Eugene, OR.
Programs include: 
  • Connecting Canines- Therapy dog training and certification for individuals with their pet dogs
  • Bow Wows and Books- Children's literacy support
  • Operation Opie- Canine bite prevention education
  • Bridges to Compassion- Humane Education


Assistancedogsinternational.org


Assistance Dogs International: 

Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.

The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:

  • Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership
  • Facilitate communication and learning among member programs
  • Educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.








Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington is an accredited member of the NCA