Canine Comfort

A dog and handler taking part in a recent HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response training is put through security at Sawyer International Airport.

Story by Trinity Carey

Photos courtesy of Nicholas Meier

HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, a national nonprofit organization, recently opened a Midwest Region Division and held a three-day training workshop in Marquette to certify teams of handlers and crisis response dogs for deployment throughout the Upper Peninsula.

After receiving a donation from the Superior Health Foundation, a health-centered, nonprofit organization, the 10 dog/handler teams gathered October 27 through 29 for an intensive training workshop at the Marquette City Fire Department.

“Our mission is to provide comfort and encouragement through animal assisted support to individuals affected by crisis and disasters, so we do a wide range of crisis response around the country,” said Nicholas Meier, regional director for the Midwest region of HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response.

Meier, a handler and crisis response dog owner himself, applied on behalf of HOPE AACR for one of the donations given to nonprofits at the Superior Health Foundation’s annual gala. The organization was awarded $10,000, which allowed them to establish a Midwest division of HOPE in September, and begin to certify the rising number of handler/dog teams in the region…

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