The CWP is proud to introduce Merel, our new facility dog…
The introduction of a facility dog to the CWP team in London marks the first time a professionally trained canine has been brought in to assist London and area children and youth within the justice system.
A well-mannered, professionally trained dog can enhance feelings of calm and security, and better enable a child to feel comforted while going through the courtroom experience. In addition, research has shown that children supported by a facility dog show a decrease in symptoms of stress, such as a rapid heart rate and high blood pressure. This calming effect helps reduce anxiety and enables children and youth to be more clear, communicative and responsive.
London’s new facility dog Merel has been provided by National Service Dogs and will work with clients both at the London Family Court Clinic and at the London Courthouse.
National Service Dogs, an Assistance Dogs International accredited agency, has been breeding, training and placing certified service dogs since 1996 and offers the only accredited canine assisted intervention program in Ontario. Originally focused on supporting people with autism, they also certify service dogs for their post-traumatic stress disorder program and their canine assisted intervention or facility dog program. These dogs are valued at $10,000 each and are provided free of charge to approved clients. National Service Dogs receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations. To make a donation to the National Service Dogs program, please visit www.nsd.on.ca.
For more information:
Child Witness Program Coordinator
Phone: 519-679-7250, ext. 132
The CWP is not receiving any funding to support Merel. If you’d like to support her, click the button below but don’t forget to specify that your well appreciated donation is specifically for Merel.