Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Expert education and guidance for legal professionals

Courthouse Dog at work
Courthouse facility dog Molly B at the King County Courthouse. Molly B was bred and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Photo courtesy Seattle Police Department.

Educational Outreach

January 6, 2017
Assn. of American
Law Schools
Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA

January 11, 2017
Dogs for the Deaf
Central Point, OR

January 17, 2017
Los Angeles District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles, CA

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Courthouse Dogs Foundation provides technical assistance and training for agencies that want to establish a best practices program for utilizing a dog to provide emotional support to people in legal proceedings.

In a Courthouse Dog® Program:

1. The dog is a graduate facility dog from an assistance dog school that is
a member of Assistance Dogs

2. The dog’s handler is a professional in the legal system

3. The courthouse facility dog is utilized in such a way as to not disrupt legal proceedings or create legal issues

Courthouse facility dogs work at children's advocacy centers, prosecutor's offices, law enforcement agencies, CASA programs, family justice centers, and sexual assault resource centers.

If your agency is interested in developing a Courthouse Dog Program, or wants more information on this type of program, please contact us.

Download a best practices manual about courthouse facility dogs at child advocacy centers and in legal proceedings.



2016 International Courthouse Dogs Conference


Courthouse Dog at work
Photo courtesy Christopher Mobley, Seattle Police Department.

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Thank you to our amazing sponsors and donors

Davis Wright Tremaine
Baluster Discovery LLC
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
John Speight Scholarship
Seattle Police Department
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Sauk Mountain Pottery
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Bellevue Arts Museum
Assistance Dogs of the West
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Assistance Dogs of Hawaii
Support Dogs, Inc.
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