Therapy dogs are used to provide comfort and joy to people who are in the middle of bad situations. While almost any dog can do that, our therapy dogs have gone to specialized training to learn how to best assist victims and witnesses.
Both of our therapy dogs have proven to be great at their jobs and are ambassadors in the community, frequently visiting schools and the courthouse. They even have their own trading cards.
They also served important roles in helping many individuals during certain tragedies the community experienced in 2018 and 2019.
K-9 Stella loves meeting kids and helps encourage them to tell an adult if something bad has happened to them. She also lets them know that if something is hard to talk about, she is there to help.
Our second therapy dog, Trey, belongs to Chaplain Allen Altvater. A Pembroke Welsh Corgi, his duties as a therapy dog began after the line of duty death of Deputy William Gentry in May of 2018. Chaplain Altvater began brining Trey to the HCSO offices to help bring a smile to the employees. . Trey continues spreading joy and can often be found walking the halls of the Sheriff’s Office during his weekly visits.
The pair then went through the training to become a certified therapy dog team, completing the certification in January of 2019.
Trey loves meeting people of all ages and bring smiles to everyone he meets.
Both K9 Stella and Trey, along with their handlers, are certified therapy dog teams. For more information on Stella, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about Trey, email email@example.com.