Dogs give 'hope' in crisis, disasters

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KUSA - If you own a dog, you know how they can comfort you in times of sadness, grief or need. And while our own pets can comfort our families, there are some dogs trained to respond to local and national crises like what happened Friday afternoon at Arapahoe High School.

Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response is a nonprofit, national organization that provides free help to those affected by disasters and crises.

In 2012, the first Colorado handler-canine team was certified, and in 2013, three more handler-canine teams were certified.

Since that time, the Colorado teams have comforted survivors of the Prescott fire, Black Forest Fire, Colorado flooding this year and one team went to comfort the survivors of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, DC.

All teams must be requested, are covered by insurance and are available free of charge to help those affected by crisis or disaster in their recovery.

For more information, visit or their Facebook page:

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