Peer Mentoring: Some of the teens will naturally emerge as excellent dog trainers with outstanding leadership skills and these participants will be invited to return to the program as mentors for new participants.
Scholarships: Along the same lines, those teens who emerge as natural dog trainers with outstanding positive leadership skills and who also demonstrate a strong desire to become professional trainers will be offered the opportunity to apply for scholarships to accredited dog training schools.
Research and Data Collection: In the process of developing the C.A.R.E. program, it became apparent that although many other similar programs were seeing positive results with at-risk teens and homeless dogs, few of them were actually gathering data to support the effectiveness of their work.
Formation of a National AAT Organization: Once C.A.R.E. has established a successful track record, we will invite other similar organizations across the country (including those who utilize AAA or Animal Assisted Activities) to form a national organization whose main goals would be to participate in brainstorming and developing guidelines for AAT and AAA nationwide, and to agree to design and implement data collection and research as an integral part of AAT and AAA so that they will become a widely accepted method of treatment.
Expansion of C.A.R.E. to a National Level: With sufficient data collected and a solid track record of being an effective method of treatment for at-risk teens, C.A.R.E. will begin to expand to other parts of the country. With the help of other partners that have an established national presence, C.A.R.E. will open new programs across the United States: There will always be at-risk teens and homeless dogs who need help!
BSW; Certified Recovery Coach – CCAR: Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery; volunteer and contract employee for MATForce (www.matforce.org), an award winning (Milestone Award, Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America, 2/10) local organization that serves to educate about addiction; former youth counselor for at-risk teens; owner of “Good Dog! Animal Behavior”, owner of a highly successful pet sitting business for over 20 years; former Alateen sponsor; past Board member, Cottonwood Riverfront Dog Park; recipient of the City of Cottonwood Community Service Award, 8/08; current volunteer with Juvenile Probation in Cottonwood, AZ.
C.A.R.E. is actively seeking interested community members in western North Carolina to serve on its Advisory Board.
Please contact Debby Dobson at: Debby@caredogs.org. Thank you!