There is now a significant data which confirms dogs, and pets in general, are good for psychological health and may increase both quality and longevity of life.
Since Fanta, K-9 Victim Advocate, arrived at Victim Witness Services in September of 2015, our staff and clients have witnessed first hand her ability to warm hearts, calm souls, and inspire joy. Not only in her particular caseload (children who have been traumatized), but in all of our clients.
We were inspired by Court house dogs around the country and had been on a waiting list for several years to receive one of these very special dogs. Testifying in court can be one of the most scary and terrifying ordeals a victim of crime may have to face- after all, the accused are just feet away. For many, Court house dogs are proving to be one of the most effective Victim Advocates out there.
We are extremely grateful to our generous donors to the K9 Victim Advocate program:
BBVA Compass Bank of Flagstaff; Alice Bauman; Janet Cohen; Michelle Copeland; Michael Getchis; Price/Goldberg; Robert Golub; The Granberrys; Alice Hagerman; Jerry and Roabie Johnson; Suzanne M Johnson; Louise R Jones Family Trust; Paul F. Jones Trust; Andrew Kolodziejski; Jillian Marini; Roxanne Murdock; Joyce Reid (Creative Gifts to Go); Dan Riordan; Robin Rudin; Michael Swanigan; and Pam Turner.
If you would like to learn more about Fanta, call Hollie at 928-856-7676 or email Hollie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Fanta and Hollie Vargas
Hollie Vargas is the Sexual Violence Crime Victim Advocate, and
is Fanta's primary handler.