K9 First Responders, Inc. (K9FR) is a Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS) organization. K9FR Teams utilize Trauma-Informed Care and Zero-Hour Behavioral Health Management techniques to bridge the gap between a traumatic event and the connection to mental health supports. A compassionate presence leveraging the human-canine bond helping restore a person’s emotional and cognitive equilibrium.
K9 First Responder: A handler and dog trained as an “all-hazards” psychological trauma response team.
The first contact with an impacted individual is important. If managed in a respectful and compassionate way, it can help establish an effective helping relationship and increase the person’s receptiveness to further help. Our trauma informed approach is supported by medical and scientific research.
K9FR Teams assist victims of disaster, catastrophe, crisis or violence. We serve communities and individuals as well as Police, Fire, EMS and other Public Safety personnel. Our interactions foster individual and community resilience.
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