On-line Auction Success!

Thank you to all the business and individuals who contributed to the HOPE on-line auction!!

Dogs provide vital stress relief for survivors and first responders

MARYSVILLE — When Braeden Boyle spotted his new friend the other day, his expression brightened.  The lanky freshman bent down and hugged him.  They’d spend the next half hour together, walking along the south fence line of Marysville Pilchuck High School where students, staff and volunteers were taking down weathered tributes to classmates shot in the cafeteria Oct. 24.

Like a lot of students, the tragedy hit Braeden hard.  Bungee, a 3-year-old English Labrador, could sense that and became his companion.
“You watch him change when he is around that dog,” said Gregg Kuehn, the district’s human resources supervisor who watched their reunion Monday.
Another 21 dogs trained in crisis response fanned out across the Marysville School District in the days after the shooting. Their job is to help survivors and emergency responders relieve stress. They’re what’s known as comfort dogs.

For full article by Eric Stevick, Herald Writer, click here

HOPE Welcomes New Members to the Pacific Southwest Region!

Welcome Teams and Team Leaders!

Welcome Teams and Team Leaders!

Heroes from Washington Navy Yard Honored

Members of Naval District Washington family gathered at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday to honor a group of civilians and sailors for their bravery and service in the midst of last year’s mass shooting that traumatized the Navy.  The Secretary of the Navy bestowed the Navy’s Merit for Group Achievement Award upon HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response for the many hours that our volunteers worked to support the recovery.  We are very honored to receive this recognition of our service.

See full article here

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US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/RELEASED

Dogs help ease tension on Paine College campus

HOPE supports the students and teachers at Paine College near Augusta, GA after shootings (click here for story)

Washington Spotlight on the Sound radio program on HOPE

David Summers, host of Spotlight on the Sound, interviews Raquel Lackey about HOPE and our work in Oso, WA.  This is a wonderful interview that provides an excellent description of our work and organization!!  (click here)

HOPE accepted as a member of Washington State VOAD!

HOPE is now a member of the Washington State VOAD!  In addition to being a National VOAD member, HOPE is a member of over a dozen other State and Local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

The purpose of Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WAVOAD) is to bring these voluntary organizations together within the State of Washington. Together, these organizations foster more effective service to the people affected by disaster through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration.

Members of the Washington VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

HOPE Featured in BBC News Story

The BBC released a news story today that features HOPE Comfort Dog teams.  The story was filmed in three locations across the US and will air in several pieces on TV and radio!  (Click here)

Dogs give comfort, raise spirits in aftermath of Oso mudslide

Support dogs bring comfort to mudslide survivors
Wonderful news story about the work our teams are doing in Oso!  (click here)

Thank you for your support!

  • HOPE AACR would like to thank the Quality Inn of Everett, WA for their wonderful support of our teams!  Mariana Gutierrez and Jack Park, thank you – a caring place to decompress is key to our work!  Please visit them if you ever travel through (click here).
  • Thank you to an anonymous donor for the $1500 to help with this response effort!!!

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Management Article on Oso work (click here)

Albany, OR team responds to Oso landslide
News story about the kinds of work that the HOPE teams are doing (click here)

HOPE teams are working in support of the Oso, WA community and first responders.

“Pongo is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever with graying eyebrows who favors belly rubs.  He was going to be a guide dog but never quite made it through the program, ending up as a therapy and crisis-response dog.

Through these awful days in Darrington, the town east of the slide, Pongo has been doing a standout job, being stroked, cuddled and hugged by residents of all ages.  “The importance is to bring some comfort to the people who are growing through this crisis,’ said Chris Monroe, his owner. “Whether that’s kids, family members, first responders …”

As many as five of these dogs have been on scene this week. The dogs have worked with response teams on both the Darrington and Arlington sides of the slide.”  (for full article, click here)

Amid the Rubble, Comfort Dogs Bring Hope to Mudslide Rescue Workers
Article from Mashable on the HOPE Comfort Dogs (click here)

National trauma expert helps Oso landslide victims
KIRO7 news story that shares the impact of HOPE teams (click here)

Therapy dogs helping people near mudslide express grief
Q13Fox news story on our work in Oso (click here)

Comfort dogs helping Oso mudslide victims, rescuers cope with tragedy
Seattle Dogspot story on the effort (click here)

Founding HOPE dog Tikva passes

HOPE is saddened to lose our founding HOPE dog, Tikva.  He was the partner of Cindy Ehlers, who founded HOPE AACR.  A local Eugene new station coverd the loss of this special creature (click here)