paws4vets and paws4people place highly-trained Facility Dogs within our community to assist First Responders and the people they encounter. The Battle of Wilmington features three local Crisis Response Dogs that are doing big things in their line of work!

Assistant District Attorney POTTER

Facility Dog – Crisis Response

District Attorney’s Office, New Hanover and Pender Counties.

POTTER is a great asset for the District Attorney’s office. Handled by Ben David–the District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties in North Carolina–POTTER is able to bring comfort to victims of crime both in the office, and in the courtroom during trial. He puts these individuals at ease, allowing Ben and office staff to help guide them through the trial process much easier.

He works with victims of crimes, many of whom are children, both in and out of the courtroom. These victims have witnessed trauma that they often find difficult to talk about. He is also a big help in improving staff morale, providing comfort to office staff who often are confronted daily by upsetting and, often times, devastating crimes.

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Facility Dog – Crisis Response

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO)

Deputy BOULDER is a tremendous asset to BCSO, working with TK, a Sgt with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. TK assists with the Project LifeSaver Program, teaches RAD (Rape Aggression Defense/Self Defense to Women), works with victims of sexual assault/trauma and works in the school districts educating children.

BOULDER assists TK when she is working in her career, visiting the Project LifeSaver participants, working with sexual trauma victims and children in the community. He also helps TK by alerting to her anxiety and anchoring when necessary to reduce the stress that comes with working in a high stress career.

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Firefighter EMBER

Facility Dog – Crisis Response & Breeding Ambassador

Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Rescue Department

EMBER serves as the foundation’s first placed Crisis Response Dog (CRD).  EMBER’s primary handler is Nathan McConnell, a Captain with the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Rescue Department in Southport, N.C. Nathan is also a Paramedic with Brunswick County EMS and has over 30 years of experience in emergency response.

As a CRD, EMBER responds with the Fire Department to emergency scenes, and provides a positive memory from a traumatic experience to those who suffer loss from fires or natural disasters. EMBER provides emotional support for the responders who deal with loss and trauma on a daily basis. EMBER also helps spread awareness of both paws4people and fire safety during her daily interactions with the public.

EMBER is also a breeding ambassador with paws4people. She has had two litters of Puppies that are continuing her legacy of transforming lives.

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