Safe Voices Therapy Dogs

Safe Voices Therapy Dogs

 

Say hello to two new staff members!

In 2022, Safe Voices staff was thrilled to add two therapy-dogs-in-training to our team!

Two golden retriever puppies sitting side by side and smiling happily for the camera.
Therapy-dogs-in-training Jefferson (left) and Ollie (right) take a quick break during an all-staff meeting in October. 

 

 

Meet Ollie!

A golden retriever puppy sits in a pumpkin patch on a sunny day

Oliver (AKA Ollie), the older of our two therapy dogs, is teamed with owner/handler Katrina, who is the Safe Voices Sex Trafficking & Exploitation Outreach Coordinator. Ollie and Katrina started a year-long therapy dog and handler training program in September, 2022, and while his training is ongoing, Ollie accompanies Katrina to nearly all her Safe Voices work, including time in the office and out in the field meeting with survivors, community members, and members of law enforcement and legal agencies. Ollie has a TikTok where we share updates on his work and training and use his experiences at Safe Voices to educate followers about domestic abuse and sex trafficking and the work Safe Voices does within our communities. 

Meet Jefferson!

A golden retriever puppy chews on a pumpkin stem on a sunny day

Youngster Jefferson joined his owner/hander Alyssa — our Program Manager of Community Engagement — in October, 2022. Although his training won't start until later this fall, Jefferson has already passed his temperament test with flying colors and regularly comes to the office with Alyssa. Together, they are working on forming a solid base of socialization before his training, so bringing him to lots of new places and meeting lots of new people is the name of the game!