Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Expert education and guidance for legal professionals

Courthouse Dog at work
Molly B at the King County Courthouse. Molly B was bred and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Photo courtesy Seattle Police Department.

Educational Outreach

San Bernardino County
District Attorney's Office
San Bernardino, CA
August 20-21

River Bridge Child Advocacy Center
Glenwood Springs, CO
August 25-26

2015 Arkansas Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
Little Rock, AR
September 1-2
Conference Brochure

Faulkner County
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Conway, AR
September 3-4

2015 International
Courthouse Dogs
October 4-6

Contact us to arrange a workshop in your area about courthouse dogs.

Download a best practices manual about courthouse facility dogs at child advocacy centers and in legal proceedings.

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Announcing the

2015 International Courthouse Dogs Conference

October 4 - 6

Two full days of education, networking, and fun
+ preconference workshops

Registration is now open


2014 International Courthosue Dogs Conference group


Since 2003 facility dogs have provided comfort to sexually abused children while they undergo forensic interviews and testify in court. These dogs also assist treatment court participants in their recovery, visit juveniles in detention facilities, greet jurors and lift the spirits of courthouse staff who often conduct their business in an adversarial setting.

These expertly trained facility dogs specialize in assisting individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct.  The dogs should be graduates from assistance dog organizations that are accredited members of Assistance Dogs International to ensure that they do not create a public danger and are stable, well-behaved, and unobtrusive to the public. Facility dogs in the legal system are handled by criminal justice professionals, such as a deputy prosecutor, a law enforcement officer, a victim advocate, or a forensic interviewer.

The use of these facility dogs can help bring about a major change in how we meet the emotional needs of all involved in the criminal justice system. Their calming presence promotes justice with compassion.

COURTHOUSE DOGS is the trademark of Courthouse Dogs Foundation
For usage information, please contact Ellen O’Neill-Stephens