Crisis Response Therapy Dog Teams
The purpose of the Canines For Christ Crisis Response Therapy Dog Teams is to deploy teams who will bring a ministry of presence and prayers and appropriately share God's love, comfort, and hope to those that have been affected by man-made or natural disasters. Our dogs are used as the vessel to open the door to share this message.
How to get involved
- Volunteer must be a current C4C volunteer
- Volunteer must have completed the "Sharing Hope in Crisis" online training through Billy Graham Rapid Response Chaplains
- Dog must have achieved the AKC Excellent Therapy Dog title with a minimum of 200 community visits
- Volunteer must complete the Crisis Response Volunteer Application
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I work as a team?
Yes, you will be assigned with another team, with one team Captain. The deployments will be for 2-3 days, depending on the situations.
- What will each day be like?
* Pray for one another each day
* Visit with families and people at the assigned areas
* Listen to the stories of people in distress and grief
* Pray, encourage, and share the comfort and hope of Jesus Christ
* Keep a record of your contacts and prayer request
- What will my daily schedule be like?
* Early morning devotions and prayer
* Team assignments
* Evening debriefing and prayer
- What will be provided by C4C?
* Special black "Chaplain" C4C shirts and hats for volunteers
* Credentials for volunteers
* Orientation training upon arrival and before deployment
* Pocket Testaments to hand out
* Breakfasts and dinners
* Arrangements for accommodations at a pet friendly hotel
* Coordination with local and Federal agencies, and church ministries
- For what will volunteers be responsible?
Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses and hotel charges
- What will volunteers need to bring?
* Long pants or capris for women
* Food for dogs
* Dog's health record and therapy dog certifications