K-9 Victim Advocate Program

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Much thanks to all of our financial supporters of 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.

There is now a significant amount of data that confirms that dogs (pets) are good for psychological health and may increase,  not only quality of life,  but also the longevity.


Since Fanta, K-9 Victim Advocate,  arrived at Victim Witness Services in September of 2015 and Yeti arrived in November of 2015-  we have all 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.  Further,   it has been fun watching our partners and staff react to Fanta and Yeti.  I have seen Police Officers drop to the ground to receive some Fanta Love!

Read their biographies!


We were inspired by Court house dogs around the country and have 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 in just yards away.  For many,  Court house dogs are proving to be a some of the most effective Victim Advocates out there.


We love Fanta and Yeti,  and would encourage you to come to the office and visit with them anytime!

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Courthouse Dogs: Specially- trained pooches sworn in to comfort witnesses testifying in front of accused


Not Just a Courthouse Dog


Courthouse dogs on duty to calm witnesses


Feeling Depressed? There's a Dog for That!


Pet Therapy and Depression

If you would like to learn more about Fanta,  Call us at 928-679-7770  or email us at victimwitness@coconino.az.gov




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Myra Ferechil, Executive Director, 
is Yeti's primary partner.



Hollie Vargas is the Sexual Violence Crime Victim Advocate, and
is Fanta's primary partner.


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