Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Expert education and guidance for legal professionals

Courthouse Dog at work
Courthouse facility dog 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

September 7, 2016
"Courthouse Facility Dogs Supporting Children"
Free Webinar
Missing and Exploited Children T&TA
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September 8, 2016
"Implementing a Facility Dog Program: The Hows and Whys"
Child Witness Program
London Family Court Clinic
London, ON
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September 13-15, 2016
Orleans Parish Juvenile Drug Court
New Orleans, LA

September 23-25, 2016
2016 International Courthouse Dogs Conference
Bellevue, WA
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Courthouse Dogs Foundation provides technical assistance and training for agencies that want to establish a best practices program for utilizing a dog to provide emotional support to people in legal proceedings.

In a Courthouse Dog® Program:

1. The dog is a graduate facility dog from an assistance dog school that is
a member of Assistance Dogs

2. The dog’s handler is a professional in the legal system

3. The courthouse facility dog is utilized in such a way as to not disrupt legal proceedings or create legal issues

Courthouse facility dogs work at children's advocacy centers, prosecutor's offices, law enforcement agencies, CASA programs, family justice centers, and sexual assault resource centers.

If your agency is interested in developing a Courthouse Dog Program, or wants more information on this type of program, please contact us.

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





2016 International Courthouse Dogs Conference


Victim Advocate Lori Jones and Lincoln

Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016

** New Location This Year **

Hyatt Regency Hotel - Bellevue, Washington

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