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River is a Crisis Response Therapy K9, her mission is to spread joy, inspire kindness and bring comfort to those in need.

WHAT IS A CRISIS RESPONSE K9?

A Crisis Response K9 Team is defined as a Nationally Certified Therapy Dog with an additional Crisis Response endorsement, paired with a First Responder handler.

“River”, was trained and certified as a Therapy K9 with a Crisis Response Endorsement in 2024. Paired with her handler, EMA Deputy Director Steve Ashing, she provides comfort and peer support to responders in other agencies, and to the general public in the aftermath of a critical incident or disaster. Her training has been specialized for the first responder world – ready to respond with little to no notice, providing a calm, comforting presence in the face of intense emotion, grief, and even chaos. River and her handler are capable of serving at many levels, from providing peer support for other first responders during debriefings, to responding to incidents at schools or other public events or facilities, aiding the public in the aftermath of a casualty or disaster. The Therapy K9 program also offers an exceptional opportunity for public relations to all of Jasper County community through educational outreach appearances at community and school events.

River is certifed by the AKC as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Urban CGC, Community Canine (CGCA). Allance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). Crisis Response Therapy K9. 

We will deploy to crisis events for first responders and the public, we offer visits to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and buisness offices. If you have a request, plesase contact Steve at sashing@jasperema-hls.org or call 641-841-1181. 

   Crisis Canine In partnership with Crisis Canines of the Midlands

 

River

Crisis Response K9 River

Breed: German Shepherd

DOB: 1/28/2023

Sex: Female

Handler: Deputy Director Steve Ashing

 

Jasper County EMA

1030 W 2nd St. S. Newton IA 50208

sashing@jasperema-hls.org

(641) 841-1181

 

 

 

This webpage was printed on June 23, 2024. For the most current election-related information, visit the Jasper County, Iowa, EMA website at .
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