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Why We Started K9s From Carrie

Carrie's Story
Scout was always with Carrie, comforting her, calming her and warning us when she went into a panic attack

At 12 years old our sweet, beautiful Carrie--who was our daughter, sister and niece--was sexually assaulted which led to her suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Among the handful of things and people beneficial to Carrie before her death was Scout, our big red lab. He alerted us when she struggled and cuddled and kissed her until she came through a panic or flashback episode. Many changes are needed in mental illness treatment. It should not be silenced or swept under the rug. Every day we do what we can to fight that big monster. In the mean time, we would like to give others what was given to us: the love of a dog.

~ Bonnie, Tom and Allison Gallagher, Kelli O'Neil

K9s FROM CARRIE IN THE NEWS!

‘Wet-nose’ therapy: Nonprofit matches dogs with people in need of emotional support. byAndy Steiner | minnpost.com

KSTP TV Channel 5 In-studio Interview

03/26/17 | kstp.com

QCTV Interview

MENTAL ILLNESS BY THE NUMBERS

Mental illness is real in the United States. Millions are affected by it and live with some type of mental disorder on a daily basis. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.

50%

% OF CHRONIC MENTAL ILLNESS BEGINNING BY AGE 14

44M

AMERICAN ADULTS WHO EXPERIENCE MENTAL ILLNESS

10M

U.S. ADULTS DIAGNOSED WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL DISORDER

90%

SUICIDE VICTIMS WITH UNDERLYING MENTAL ILLNESS

$193B

SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS COSTS IN LOST EARNINGS IN U.S. EACH YEAR

THE LOVE OF A DOG

K9s From Carrie Recipients

Bandit & Grace

Amigo & Jaynee

Could You Benefit From An Emotional Support Dog?

Pairing dogs to recipients or providing your existing dog with emotional support training is a process. We consider all applicants carefully. While dogs aren't the only animals we pair with people, those we do match with recipients and the training required depends on the funds available.

BENEFITS OF AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL

Research shows that animals--and in particular dogs--have much to offer to humans' mental and emotional health. The presence of a dog can have beneficial physical and emotional effects from lowering blood pressure to bringing on a feeling of calm.

IMPROVES PTSD

INCREASES VERBAL INTERACTIONS

INCREASES SELF-ESTEEM

 

REDUCES ANXIETY

INCREASES ATTENTION SKILLS

IMPROVES STANDING BALANCE

REDUCES LONELINESS

INCREASES VOCABULARY

HELPS IN DEVELOPING LEISURE & RECREATION SKILLS

INCREASES EXERCISE

AIDS IN LONG- OR SHORT-TERM MEMORY

IMPROVES WHEELCHAIR SKILLS

IMPROVES WILLINGNESS TO BE INVOLVED IN GROUP ACTIVITIES

INCREASES SENSE OF COMFORT & SAFETY

 

 

WHY GIVE TO K9s FROM CARRIE

 

Funds raised by K9s From Carrie allow us to

sponsor the purchase of dogs, the necessary 

obedience training, and emotional support  

certification of dogs for those dealing with

mental illness.

 

We also work to spread the word about mental

illness and and suicide awareness through

speaking engagements, events and written

articles.

 

The more funds raised, the more dogs can be

trained and paired with individuals. With your

help K9s From Carrie can offer emotional

support dogs to those who need it the most.

THE FACES OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Mental illness does not discriminate. It hides behind smiles, walls and silence and appears in the form of depression, anxiety, PTSD, borderline personality, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, phobias, substance abuse and more.

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Trauma Survivors

Children and teens and mental illness

Children and Teens

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Adults and Seniors

Mothers dealing with postpartum depression benefit from emotional support dogs

Postpartum Mothers

Disabled individuals often deal with mental illness in addition to their disability

Disabled Individuals

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