Motivation, support, and unconditional love come in many forms – including a cold nose and a warm heart.
Hopeful Horizons recently welcomed its newest staff member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Adobe V.
Adobe will assist handler Angela Freeman during her work as the clinical services director, helping children and adult victims of sexual assault and violence. He also works with collaborating organizations to help victims of domestic violence and supports witnesses as they need to testify in court.
Canine Companions breeds, raises and expertly trains assistance dogs in commands designed to assist people with disabilities or to motivate and inspire clients with special needs. The process to become a facility dog includes two years of daily, specialized training.
“Adobe will offer healing and comfort that only a dog can offer during therapy sessions with our clients,” Freeman said. “He has specific commands that allow him to interact with our clients in a calm and appropriate manner. Most importantly Adobe provides unconditional love and gives attention to children and adults who need it the most.”