The peer support dog will be used to help calm anxiety and PTSD within the police squad. Providing comfort and something to go to if they ever need some stress relief.
Jeffrey Albanese, a member of the USCP First Responders Unit and an active member in the peer support program, said, “The peer dogs were something that we saw came in for us after the 6th. To have Lila here now and have our own dog. It really is just a godsend.”
Her caretaker and wellness coordinator Dimitri Louis said, “She serves a dual role. She helps to lower anxiety and helps with emotional well-being in general, but she is also very good at helping us promote some of the other wellness resources that we have available for the department. She allows us to go places that we normally otherwise wouldn’t go, have conversations that we normally otherwise wouldn’t have.”
This is another beautiful example of how therapy animals are being used to make a difference. To help ease the daily anxiety that we all go through. As well as the anxieties and stressors in relation to difficult jobs and duties.
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