In the wake of the terrible car accident that took the life of a San Marin High School student earlier this week, Marin Humane was asked to send its Animal-Assisted Therapy volunteers and their dogs to comfort grieving students at the school. Within minutes, several volunteers answered our call – including Debbie, who brought her trained therapy dog, Rose to the school.

Later that day Debbie wrote, “To see a girl sobbing one minute and then smiling at Rose the next showed the powerful gift that our dogs give. There were many young men – boys really – and they easily reached out to Rose and cuddled her. It was a powerful experience and I’m so thankful Rose was able to give so much. She worked the room and approached anyone who looked at her. After almost an hour of interacting with students, she began to get tired. The school receptionist looked at Rose and said, ‘Of course she’s tired. Look at all the sorrow she has taken on to relieve the students.’ I never thought of it that way but I think she’s right.”

We’re so fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who will answer the call at a moment’s notice to bring their calming canines where needed, whether it’s a school, a nursing home, a hospital, or anywhere else. To learn more about the Animal-Assisted Therapy program at Marin Humane, visit marinhumane.org/community-engagement.