Courthouse Dog Project
Connections, formerly known as the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor, recently acquired a facility dog for use in assisting victims of child abuse or neglect tell their stories. Our dog, Louie, is trained to comfort victims, stay by them and even can go into the courtroom to sit with them on the witness stand, if necessary. Because Louie was donated to Connections, we are not able to fundraise for the costs of his care. However, we have established our Courthouse Dog Project to find partners, to be known as Louie’s Posse, who will help cover the supporting costs for him to do his work, beyond his care. These costs include training for handlers, wages during Louie’s work and costs for community outreach to tell Louie’s story to the community.
Louie came to us through the generosity of Canine Companions for Independence. This nonprofit group provides trained service dogs and facility dogs to individuals and agencies free of charge. We would encourage support for their mission. Their gift has brought Grays Harbor County a real asset to help us care for our kids.
Our hope is that donors will become part of Louie’s Posse and commit to becoming a partner—donating each year to ensure the program is always available for the children who need it. Partners will receive recognition on our website and Facebook.