Since 2001, HOPE AACR has been serving people affected by disasters and traumatic events, at no charge. This is a nation wide non-profit organization that is supported by donations and volunteer members. HOPE AACR dogs bring comfort to those affected by crisis or disaster all over the country.
They have responded to Hurricane Katrina, California wildfires, and other tragic events.
The work that HOPE teams do in the field has real and tangible impact that goes beyond measure. Our animal-assisted response teams help people begin the process of coping and healing in the wake of tragic events.
The mission of these dogs is to comfort first responders. They are specially trained for this job because it is an emotionally taxing effort. Their human partners are also trained, and, as a team their hope is to be a "force multiplier", letting first responders know how important they are to their community. This support helps build resiliency, which, in turn, gives the first responders the confidence to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
HOPE AACR dogs also serve emotional relief organizations, hospitals, schools and chaplains.
The dogs and the handlers are trained and tested to deal with the stress of crisis response work.
Although this organization is nationwide, we have HOPE AACR dogs right here in the Pacific Northwest. Archer, Bungee, Pickles, Floyd and Casper have served as HOPE AACR dogs and they all love the work that they do.
HOPE AACR is looking for new volunteer members, and, you don't even need a dog to become involved. If you aren't interested in becoming a volunteer member, financial donations are always appreciated.
I'm Holly and I specialize in photographing working dogs. I am currently creating another book for and about working dogs. If you'd like your working dog to be featured, registration is currently open to any working dog in the Pacific Northwest (or beyond).
I'm also available for private sessions for working dogs and for companion dogs.