Therapy Dog

This is Hope, our first therapy dog (in training)

Why a Therapy Dog?

Hope for OUR Children’s therapy dog will sit with children when they are transitioning to care and when they need to give evidence in court. It can be difficult for a child who has experienced trauma to accurately retell events. They will often have sensory memories such as the clock ticking, the bed squeaking or the door closing but don’t always remember sequencing. Providing a calming sensory stimulation such as a therapy dog that the child can sit with, pat and cuddle, can help their brain unwind and recall memories more clearly. This can mean clearer evidence which results in better justice for our children.

What does a Therapy Dog do?

Our Therapy Dogs will bring joy and comfort to children in the toughest times.
They will help calm children who are giving evidence in court and also vulnerable children who have been removed from their home.

New Therapy Dog

Apply to be a Guardian Family

Our Guardian Family Program allows a therapy dog to become part of your forever family from the beginning, and they don’t need to be re-homed once their therapy career is over.
You will provide exceptional care for the dog and commit to ongoing therapy training with all expenses covered by Hope for OUR Children. Once trained, you will commit to fortnightly community visits with the dog in action.

Eligibility

  • A home with regular contact to children over the age of 5 (children under 5 not recommended)
  • Agree to a home inspection on fencing, suitability, road safety etc before placement of dog
  • Willingness to have the dog live indoors and outdoors
  • Reside within 30 minutes of Toowoomba
  • Preference will be given to families with no other dogs (max of one other dog in residence)

How to Apply

  1. Download and read the Guardian Family Agreement below
  2. Fill out an online application form