A little love from a furry friend can help comfort and heal individuals or communities affected by natural or man-made disasters or tragic events. Tri-State Canine Response Team is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in New Jersey that uses certified, trained teams of dogs and their handlers to provide crisis response and emotional support. In addition, the organization helps those who are simply in need of the benefits these special K9s provide. Learn more at tri-statecanineresponse.org.
Cece (above) comforts family members at the memorial of crosses erected in Las Vegas to honor the 58 victims of the mass shooting that occurred there Oct. 1, 2017. The canines on the Tri-State Canine Response Team are certified crisis response dogs.
Cece and Peggy Sue (above) comfort an American Red Cross volunteer in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after 26 people were killed and 20 were wounded during a shooting at the First Baptist Church on Nov. 5, 2017.
Tri-State Canine Response Team’s Treasurer Eve Pappas is vice president and regional manager of Hoffman’s Exterminating Co., Mantua, N.J., and Owner and President Bill Hoffman serves on the board. Pappas also volunteers; her dogs Cece (shown above providing support in Las Vegas) and Jack are members of the team.
Gunther, a Rottweiler and member of the crisis response team, (above) provides comfort to a teen in Parkland, Fla., where the country’s deadliest school shooting took place. Handlers on the crisis response team are trained in canine and human CPR and first aid, psychological first aid, and incident command to meet National Standards.