C4C has reached capacity and new applications will likely be for 2024-2025 placement
Psychiatric Service Dog
In the past, service dogs were recognized as the animals that helped visually and deaf and hard of-hearing people. Today the ADA recognizes a subset of service dogs designated to help with mental health, diabetes, seizures, and allergies. Psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) are a type of service animal. Research shows psychiatric service dogs can be trained to carry out essential tasks for individuals with mental health issues. These specially trained dogs can assist with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Emotional Support Dog
These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and can help with depression and anxiety. They are trained in basic obedience and sometimes know commands to disrupt harmful behaviors; they are not trained for public access or any travel training protocol. Emotional Support Dogs are not "service animals" under the Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines and are not automatically granted access to establishments like stores, restaurants, or malls. Emotional Support Dogs are protected under the Federal Housing Act; however, a landlord may ask the handler to provide documentation from a licensed physician or mental health professional stating that the animal is an essential part of treatment for a disability. Canines 4 Comfort does not provide such letters.
Law Enforcement Facility Dog
The community resource/facility dog receives training to serve multiple purposes. The dog's role in the community is to mitigate stressful situations and bring goodwill to neighborhoods. These specially trained dogs assist in witness and victim interviews by helping the individual feel comfortable to tell their narrative. The dogs also provide relief and decompression to department staff when handling traumatic occurrences and stressful situations. The presence of facility dogs can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, improve mood, and foster feelings of support and confidence in humans.
School Facility Dog
These specially trained dogs work with related service staff and administration to defuse emotional situations, help regulate students, provide a calming and nurturing environment, and bring joy to staff and students. The dogs assigned to the schools we work with have specific jobs to perform as part of their day; these include greeting students upon arrival, making special deliveries to classrooms, assisting students during speech and occupational therapies, and so much more!
C4C acquires dogs from a variety of sources. We have been fortunate to receive donations from several breeders and work with rescues providing dogs a second career.
All dogs must pass our assessment criteria to join our program. Our volunteers work with each dog providing foundational obedience and additional evaluations before a dog can move forward and meet potential candidates.
Potential candidates must provide a letter of need and agree to attend weekly training sessions to be considered.