Crisis Response Therapy Dog Teams

Purpose

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

  1. Volunteer must be a current C4C volunteer
  2. Volunteer must have completed the "Sharing Hope in Crisis" online training through Billy Graham Rapid Response Chaplains
  3. Dog must have achieved the AKC Excellent Therapy Dog title with a minimum of 200 community visits
  4. Volunteer must complete the Crisis Response Volunteer Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. What will my daily schedule be like?
    * Early morning devotions and prayer
    * Breakfast
    * Team assignments
    * Ministry
    * Dinner
    * Evening debriefing and prayer
  4. 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
  5. For what will volunteers be responsible?
    Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses and hotel charges
  6. What will volunteers need to bring?
    * Bible
    * Long pants or capris for women
    * Food for dogs
    * Dog's health record and therapy dog certifications