The Naval District Washington Public Affairs Office published the below article about HOPE’s work at the Washington Navy Yard:
“WASHINGTON (NNS) — In the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) shootings Sept. 16, many organizations have stepped up to give comfort and support to personnel.
The Red Cross, Emergency Family Assistance Center and chaplains have all provided their assistance to counsel and help those who need it. Help is also being provided by a cadre of four-legged emergency workers, as well.
Since Sept. 23, volunteers and their dogs from the Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (HOPE AACR) have been offering WNY personnel the opportunity to meet, pet and play with friendly dogs.
HOPE AACR is an all-volunteer, national nonprofit organization that provides comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crisis and disaster. Teams consist of a handler and their dog, both trained to respond to intense emotional and environmental situations.” (see full story)