The Judges of Cumberland County were seeking a facilities dog to work within the Court System of Cumberland County. They were trying to address the debilitating fear, stress and, in some instances, hyperactivity associated with users of the Justice System. Adults and children who are compelled to be present for initial and follow up interviews, pre-hearing conferences, hearings and those who are made to wait as part of the process are the persons that the facilities dog can help to allay some of these concerns.
The facilities dog main use is with the Juvenile System of the Courts, primarily dependency actions for treatment of neglected or abused children and, as available, for delinquency actions for treatment of youth accused of a criminal act. A facilities dog provids the emotional support to an adult or child without undue or improper legal influence on the ultimate reason that child or adult has been required to appear before the caseworker, probation officer, hearing master or Judge. Further, the caseworkers and probation officers who work in these high stress environments would find that a facility dog improves the quality of their work.
The Bar Foundation has purchased a dog from Susquehanna Service Dogs, at an approximate cost of $3000.00, which provides a specifically bred service dog. The Foundation will then have the dog trained and certified by Courthouse Dogs Foundation, at an approximate cost of $6500.00. The remainder of the request, about $2500.00, is for the daily and long term supplies used by handlers. This does not include veterinary care for the dog on an as needed basis. Thereafter, on an annually there will be regular costs for food, medical, grooming, resupply and veterinary bills.
Your support of the project will be a service to the Courts of Cumberland County and to the parties that must appear in the Juvenile System especially the children who are most vulnerable and in need of support during this most difficult times in their lives.
If you would like to help support our Courthouse Dog Project please use our Donate Now feature on our website or contact Shawna M. Staub at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bar Foundation raised over $8,000 in order to bring Cumberland County’s first service dog, Diego, to the Courthouse. As explained by his handler, Lindsay D. Baird, Esq.,
“SSD Diego has a pawsitive effect by calming children in the frequently tense atmosphere of legal interviews and court testimony. He offers emotional support that we simply cannot give a child with using only words.”
We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, June 8, 2019, Kit and Robin Stauffer will host our Second Annual Diego’s Spring Fling on the grounds of their historic bed and breakfast, Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast. Located in scenic Cumberland County, Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast boasts a federal-styled brick farmhouse with a 200+ year history including as a way-station on the Underground Railroad. This stunning property is the perfect location for Diego’s Spring Fling benefiting the Cumberland County Bar Foundation and the programs they serve.
Spring is a time to celebrate renewal and Diego’s Spring Fling is the perfect opportunity for celebration! Diego’s Committee is preparing a day of lively fun, complete with an amazing menu, games of skill and chance, silent & live auctions, live entertainment, a raffle with a $10,000.00 GRAND PRIZE and more!
For more information on how you can become a sponsor or make a donation please contact Shawna M. Staub at email@example.com
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