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!!!


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)

HOPE Featured by Purdue

HOPE member Gayle Sprinkle was recently interviewed by Purdue University on AACR and it was posted on the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) web site!  (click here for video – click view resource once on this page)

Holiday Message from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

HOPE received this lovely Holiday Message from National VOAD. Working with other National VOAD members and staff was very helpful for HOPE in 2013.
NVOAD 2013 Holiday message

HOPE announces the results of 2013 Regional Director elections!

The results of the 2013 Regional Director election were announced by President Melanie Dunbar:

Eastern Region – Janet Velenovsky
Southeastern Region – Cindy Becker
Rocky Mountain Region- Mary Martin
Pacific Northwest Region- Karen Hathaway
Pacific Southwest- LaWana Heald


HOPE Featured in National VOAD Newsletter!

HOPE AACR is one of only 110 National VOAD members, and we are excited to have been featured in their newsletter (click here)!!

Dogs give ‘HOPE’ to region’s crisis victims

As HOPE Teams head back to Washington DC to support Washington Navy Yard survivors, HOPE is featured on WTOP radio (103.5).  (click here for full story by Kathy Stewart)

Some Navy Yard employees greet for the first time since the shooting as they move in to the former Coast Guard Headquarters, and HOPE Teams have returned to support their relocation.

HOPE becomes member of Massachusetts VOAD!

HOPE has become the newest member of the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)!  Congratulations Ned Polan!

2013 Nov Polan at MA VOAD Summit cropped - PR

This is the coordination group for state level non-profit and faith-based organizations that assist in disaster recovery.

(click here for website)

HOPE Dogs visit Denver Red Cross HQ

HOPE Volunteers are currently supporting those affected by the terrible flooding in Colorado.  The Denver Chapter of the American Red Cross recognizes the support these volunteers provide to survivors and aid workers.
(click here for story from October 1, 2013 in the American Red Cross Disaster Online Newsroom)
(click here for American Red Cross photos)

Red Cross photo of Denver HOPE support 10_1_13b

Photo Credit: American Red Cross/Jordan Scott