A team of Labradors are being trained to make Sutherland Courthouse a happier place for victims of crime and other vulnerable people.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will deliver the Canine Companion Program at the local courts in Burwood, Campbelltown, Gosford, Goulburn, Lismore, Manly, Nowra, Orange, Sutherland and Taree.
Therapy dogs will start work at Sutherland Courthouse by the end of the year and will provide comfort to anyone who is feeling anxious.
Lab tests indicate the dogs will be off the charts in terms of cuteness, sensitivity and cuddle-ability.
The rollout of the Canine Court Companion Program follows a successful pilot program at Manly Courthouse involving Delta Society dogs.
The Manly program received unanimous support, with victims and witnesses feeling significantly more relaxed and ready to give evidence after patting and spending quality time with the friendly hounds.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has a growing Pets As Therapy program, with dogs providing companionship and physical comfort to children and adults struggling with challenges beyond sight loss.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is best known as the leading provider of Guide Dogs, orientation and mobility services that enable people with sight loss to move around their communities independently.
For six consecutive years, Guide Dogs Australia has been named the nation’s most trusted charity brand in a Reader’s Digest survey.