Guide to Choosing AACR Teams


“...Whether natural or human-made, the extreme and over-whelming forces of disaster have far-reaching effects on individual, local community and national stability. Mental health is an essential component in this response to disaster. Therapy dogs have been used for years in hospitals and nursing homes to comfort the ill or distressed, they have never before been put to use on such a large scale as in the World Trade Tower disaster of Sept 11, 2001". Hudson Valley Animal Assisted Crisis Response Coalition


It is imperative that the proper animal/handler teams be chosen in order for AACR to be effective.  Many credentialed therapy dogs teams are unprepared for the stresses of AACR. 

Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR)