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Paws in the Court

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Paws in the Court is the Juvenile Division’s pet therapy program aimed to reduce anxiety and provide comfort for individuals involved in the court process. This project is a collaboration between the Humane Society, volunteers, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. There is a team of eleven volunteers that are scheduled to come to court throughout the month. The pet therapy dog visits children in Court Care and in the lobby areas of courtroom floors while children wait for hearings. This arrangement provides victims and witnesses comfort and reassurance prior to entering a courtroom.  Research has shown that interaction with pet therapy has helped many persons by reducing anxiety, providing comfort and a calming presence so that the victim or witness can testify; reduce apprehension or fear of the court process.