The Plymouth County Comfort Dogs Program

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District Attorney Cruz has developed the Plymouth County Comfort Dogs Program to provide additional services and resources to our communities. The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office provides a mini-grant to Plymouth County Police Departments to assist with costs associated with acquiring, training and caring for their comfort dog.

The pilot program has been designed to be implemented by either the local School Resource Officer or the PD’s Community Outreach Officer, who in turn becomes the dog’s handler and sole caretaker.  Both the handler and the comfort dog become members of the Plymouth County Comfort Dogs Program and are required to undergo all necessary trainings in the certification process to qualify as a comfort/therapy dog.  Both the handler and comfort dog are available to assist not only in their community, but in all communities across Plymouth County.

Our network of Plymouth County Comfort Dogs are present in our schools and are on hand to provide emotional support for students during the day, and available to the community at night and on weekends. Additionally, the handler and the comfort dog work with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office staff at community events across Plymouth County and provide comfort services at our Children’s Advocacy Center and office.

The opioid crisis has greatly affected not only Massachusetts, but Plymouth County in particular.  Our county has unfortunately witnessed thousands of overdoses and overdose deaths, many of whom were young adults. The ripple effect extends far into the community as family, friends, neighbors, and schools try to cope with the aftermath.  Our comfort dogs are proving to be a tremendous asset by providing comfort services to those in their community who have been affected by these ripples. 

The mission and purpose of the Plymouth County Comfort Dogs Program is to provide comfort and emotional support for the well-being of Drug Endangered Children, students with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and others that require this service within the Plymouth County community.  

We currently have 15 Comfort Dogs in our program.

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