Courthouse Dogs: A New Use for Service Animals

About Courthouse Dogs:  Mission: “The mission of Courthouse Dogs Foundation is to promote justice with compassion through the use of professionally trained assistance dogs to provide emotional support to everyone in the justice system.”

Courthouse Dogs (homepage):
Since 2003 courthouse dogs have provided comfort to sexually abused children while they undergo forensic interviews and testify in court. These dogs also assist treatment court participants in their recovery, visit juveniles in detention facilities, greet jurors and lift the spirits of courthouse staff who often conduct their business in an adversarial setting.

Courthouse dogs specialize in assisting individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct….” [Link to Courthouse Dogs homepage for more ....]

Courthouse Dogs Factsheets will help you navigate the website and so will their Site Map.

From their News page, link to the Jan. 29, 2013, Portland Tribune article about the Courthouse Dogs program in Yamhill County DA’s office.