Due to Covid -19 and the impact on schools opening and running as normal in the fall, the Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation has made to decision to pause our Charlotte’s Litter Therapy Dog grants for August 2020. The foundation will assess the current situation in December and make a decision regarding resuming grants during the next grant cycle that is scheduled for February 2021. We are saddened that there will be no funding available during our August grant cycle but feel confident that when schools are able and ready to embrace the love of therapy dogs again, Charlotte’s Litter will be there to help.
As we pause Charlotte’s Litter, we have turned our focus to supporting our Grief and Bereavement Initiative. During these times, the need for this support is even more obvious. Be on the lookout as we share progress in this area.
Charlotte’s Litter Grant Recipients:
Charlotte’s Litter is excited to contribute to ongoing therapy/comfort dog programs and new initiatives. There is wonderful work being done in the therapy dog field, and with the support of the Charlotte’s Litter Grant Program, this resource is being brought to students in K-12 schools. Thus far, Charlotte’s Litter has granted over $50,000 to the following list of programs and initiatives for the schools and students they serve:
- Thomas Jefferson High School. Serving students in Council Bluffs, IA
- Licking Valley Primary School. Serving students in Newark, OH
- Granville Humane Society. Serving students in Raleigh, NC
- Cardinal Elementary School. Serving students in Maquoketa, WI
- Anne Watson Elementary School. Serving students in Bigelow, AR
- Sparta School District. Serving students in Sparta, WI
- Therapy Animals of Utah. Serving students in Provo, UT
- Leavitt Middle School. Serving Students in Las Vegas, NV
- Soul Friends Therapy Dogs. Serving students in Meriden, CT
- Maltby Intermediate School. Serving students in Brighton, MI
- Rock Springs Elementary. Serving students in Denver, NC
- Lubbock Cooper Elementary. Serving students in Lubbock, TX
- Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. Serving students in Portland, OR
- Lucyle Collins Middle School. Serving students in Fort Worth, TX
- Catherine’s School. Serving students in Tulsa, OK
- Peacock Foundation. Serving students in Los Angeles, CA
- Fulks Run Elementary School. Serving students in Fulks Run, VA
- Lincoln Elementary School. Serving students in Findley, OH
- Beaumont Middle School. Serving students in Lexington, KY
- Renaissance Charter School of the Arts. Serving students in Rochester, NY
- Gabriel’s Angels. Serving students in Phoenix, AZ
- Stephen T. Badin High School. Serving students in Hamilton, OH
- Project 2 Heal. Serving students in Waxhaw County, NC
- A Fair Shake 4 Youth. Serving students in New York City
- Discovery Charter School. Serving students in Las Vegas, NV
- The Ana Grace Project. Serving New Britain Public Schools (CT)
- Comfort Dog Addie and Leah. Serving Danbury, CT Elementary Schools.
- Comfort Dog Dora. Serving Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Mount Calvary Lutheran School, St. Martini Lutheran School, St. Marcus Lutheran School, and two public elementary schools in Milwaukee.
- Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA). Serving students nationwide.
In addition to funding ITA on a national level, Charlotte’s Litter is funding the following state chapters:
- R.E.A.D Connecticut. Therapy dog teams serving students in CT.
- R.E.A.D Minnesota. Therapy dog teams serving students in MN.
- R.E.A.D New York. Therapy dog teams serving students in NY.
- Pet Partners. Serving students nationwide.
**In addition to the grant money, Charlotte’s Litter has donated over 2000 books of Good Dogs, Great Listeners and The Dogs of Newtown to schools and their students nationwide.
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The New School of Therapy
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A Guide to Therapy Dogs
The purpose of the below PDF is to help school administrators and educators better understand the benefits of animal assisted therapy in a school setting. In addition, it addresses the common objections or concerns for placing therapy dogs in a school. It also outlines helpful steps in implementing a program, and suggests resources for developing programs for educators, counselors, and others to easily integrate dogs into their respective areas.
Bringing Therapy Dogs to your School PDF
More information about Therapy Dogs geared specifically towards Educators and Administrators.
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