Last Updated: Jun 28th, 2017 - 11:12:01

Get to know Coal, Prince George Animal Services therapy dog
Jun 28, 2017, 11:07

Home and family:
Coal lives with his handler and owner Samantha Hancock, an Animal Control Officer with Prince George County Police Dept. Coal has two doggie siblings, Trooper a Chihuahua and Kilo, also a German Shepherd.
Volunteer activities:
As a member of the Prince George Police Dept. Coal is a certified therapy dog by Therapy International. Coal enjoys visiting residents at assisted living facilities, and teaching school children about pet care and safety around dogs. Coal also visits departments throughout the County bringing his special kind of stress relief.
Motivating factor:
Samantha had expressed an interest in using Coal as a therapeutic assistance animal for people in need of emotional support. Coalís laid back disposition and outgoing temperament made him the perfect choice for this type of volunteering.
Advice for young people:
The requirements for passing the therapy dog training test are considerable. I would just advise anyone interested to look into what will be expected of the handler and the animal and make sure the pet has the proper training and temperament for this type of volunteering.
Professional goals:
I would like continue to use Coal to enhance the lives of others and provide humane education to the public.
The one thing Iíd change about:
Seeing the impact on people, I wish we had started the therapy dog program a long time ago.
Regionís biggest asset:
The area has become so animal friendly, with many events that benefit animals.
Changes you would like to see in the region that you believe will benefit citizens:
I would like to see access to more programs that involve therapy animals.

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