Leader Dogs for the Blind Court Canine Advocates
Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Highly trained dogs in the program sometimes require a “career change” when they are not suited for Guide Dog work. Some of these dogs become Court Canine Advocates, providing therapeutic support to children and other court-involved persons during trial and related court proceedings. The dogs provide support for victims and witnesses during preparation for and throughout criminal and family court proceedings. The therapy dog serves to put a victim or witness at ease, and to ameliorate the trauma of reliving a violent or traumatic episode. PDF funds support the expansion of the program to 10 active therapeutic Court Canines.