CASA applying for companion dog to help victims

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT, KKCO) Many people are in need of a little puppy love and it's no different for victims at CASA of Mesa County.

The non-profit helps advocate for abused or neglected children in court.

They've applied for a facility companion dog through Canine Companions for Independence based out of California.

These dogs can perform over 40 commands to help support and inspire children and clients of all ages.

CASA hopes the dog can bring peace to kids and others who are struggling and anxious.

“I’ve seen dogs come into homes where people have been abused or simply in a bad situation and just the presence of the dog seems to calm people down,” said Volunteer Coordinator for CASA of Mesa County Michele Kelly. “Some of these kids get a lot of love out of the dog because many are unsure of their futures. Some of the kids even nap with the dogs.”

The facility dog doesn't come cheap-- upwards of $50,000-- so they're asking for any donations you can give.

Visit their Facebook page to donate:

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