Using the powerful healing power of the human-dog bond, your donation will help a war trauma survivor in Northern Uganda recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. We rescue and rehabilitate dogs in need and place them for life with qualified trauma survivors. Our project and activity training program is a proven model with documentation establishing that our Comfort Dogs decrease PTSD symptoms in participating war survivors.
20 years of brutal war in Northern Uganda have left the majority of people traumatized. The Comfort Dog Project pairs dogs in need with survivors and through training activities, a powerful human-bond is created. That bond helps to heal and program activities result in development of confidence and reduction in PTSD symptoms. In the process, the status of dogs (who are often mistreated) is elevated as people see the benefit of dog companionship and of treating dogs with loving kindness.
30 years of research demonstrates that animal assisted interventions such as The Comfort Dog Project are beneficial in helping to heal people from the traumatic effects of war. Our program has operated for two years and each year, our psychological assessments demonstrate that the Comfort Dog Project dramatically reduces PTSD symptoms in project participants. There now exists a changing perception of dogs in Northern Uganda, thanks to this program and the advocacy of our project guardians.
The Comfort Dog Project currently has 15 dog-guardian teams and we aim with this fundraising effort to double the number to 30. In addition to helping these 15 new guardians in their recovery from PTSD, the 15 new dog-guardian teams will join the 15 existing teams to serve as mentors and ambassadors, serving as animal advocates and teaching others to train dogs using positive reinforcement. As a further benefit, the status of dogs in Northern Uganda will be dramatically improved.