"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made."
We are honored to know you are interested in making a difference by opening your doors to our Comfort Dog teams. Our ultimate goal is to comfort and lift spirits of service members, veterans and their families. We have worked very hard to provide visits from happy, affectionate and well-trained Comfort Dogs at your facility or event, at no charge.
All of our Comfort Dog teams are specially trained, tested and registered with the nation's leading therapy animal organization, Pet Partners. We require all of our dogs have yearly health exams, testing for internal and external parasites and are current on all vaccinations.
Our handlers are themselves service members, veterans and family members. Just like we would with our own families, we take OPSEC seriously when planning and visiting Military Families at your facility/event. All our handlers and volunteers have passed criminal background checks and adhere to our own security and confidentially policies.
Each team is assigned for 2 hours maximum. When our teams arrive and prior to leaving your facility or event, we sign in/out with the assigned contact person. Our teams always carry proper ID's and required documentation that are available for review at any time.
Prior to the initial visit, our Director will meet with you at your facility to help you plan visits and answer any questions you or your staff may have.
We look forward to working together with you and supporting all of our military families.
****In an emergency situation, our teams can be called into service at your request, any time, day or night.
Benefits of Comfort Dogs (In Action)
"As families arrived weary from their hours on the road, children rushed to greet the dogs." "Families who missed their own pet were comforted by the dogs’ presence and the dogs served as a way for the children and parents from different bases to begin to talk and get to know each other. At times, the therapy dogs pulled a pensive child sitting by him/herself into the group activities." Therapy Dogs Help Military Families - Operation Purple
"Stress, anxiety and loneliness are the mix of emotions that run through you on deployment day. Having a dog by my side as my husband boarded the bus was a huge comfort. Comfort Dogs can reduce those negative feelings and can help change the outlook of deployment for those staying home." Jennifer Holland Co-Founder and Director, Tribute Comfort Dogs
"A steady stream of people visit the dogs every day, Peetoom said. "We have dogs in the lobby, upstairs, in the children's room. The dogs are not only for the families, though. Everybody working here is stressed as well, and they're coming by just for a minute or to smile, touch the dogs, decompress and go back to work." US Department of Defense -News Article (Oct. 11, 2001) 'Therapy Dogs' Help Relieve Stress for Families, Staff, Volunteers'
Benefits of Comfort Dog Visits (Scientific Research)
Research shows that positive interactions with animals increase endorphins, oxytocin, prolactin and dopamine. These hormones are associated with blood pressure regulation, pain relief, stress relief and joy.
1. Canine-Assisted Therapy in Military Medicine discusses the benefits of working with dogs in Army Medicine, from pleasure of their company, to the benefits of their assistance. The United States Army Medical Department Journal (Multiple Contributors April-June 2012)
2. Dogs decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation (Kidd 1994)
3. Dogs are a major source of support and increase the perception of the ability to cope (Siegel 1999, Carmack 1991)
4. Dogs fulfill many of the same support functions for adults and children as humans do (Melson 1998)
5. Companionship of dogs helps children in families adjust better to the serious illness and death of a parent (Raveis 1993)