Animal Assistance Crisis Response Teams
TOJ Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams (AACRT) are experienced registered therapy teams that have received additional training specific to responding to traumatic events. These teams may be called upon to provide comfort to those who have suffered a traumatic event.
The Tails of Joy teams have been called out to offer comfort to students who had been affected by tragedies at RHAM and Bolton High Schools. Teams also participated in the May 17, 2014, large- scale Mass Casualty Incident Drill hosted by Windham’s Douglas Manor, providing comfort to the "victims," First Responders from several towns, and the American Red Cross workers.
Tails of Joy AACRT is prepared to respond in Regions Three and Four of the CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Regional Map and neighboring towns. We look forward to our role as an integral part of a growing statewide effort which will allow for immediate responses across the State with organizations such as Tails of Joy responding within other regions.
June 2014 Nine Animal Assistance Crisis Response Teams Press Release (PDF)
In November of 2015 we added six additional teams and are very pleased to now have a total of thirteen active teams available to respond after an unfortunate incident and/or untimely death.
Mass Casualty Incident Drill
Douglas Manor, Windham, CT
May 17, 2014
Providing canine comfort to the "victims", first responders and other drill participants.
More photos at the Tails of Joy Facebook page.