Why We Started K9s From Carrie
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
% OF CHRONIC MENTAL ILLNESS BEGINNING BY AGE 14
AMERICAN ADULTS WHO EXPERIENCE MENTAL ILLNESS
U.S. ADULTS DIAGNOSED WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL DISORDER
SUICIDE VICTIMS WITH UNDERLYING MENTAL ILLNESS
SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS COSTS IN LOST EARNINGS IN U.S. EACH YEAR
THE LOVE OF A DOG
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.
INCREASES VERBAL INTERACTIONS
INCREASES ATTENTION SKILLS
IMPROVES STANDING BALANCE
HELPS IN DEVELOPING LEISURE & RECREATION SKILLS
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
We also work to spread the word about mental
illness and and suicide awareness through
speaking engagements, events and written
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.