Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Expert education and guidance for legal professionals

Courthouse Dog at work
Molly B at the King County Courthouse. Molly B was bred and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Photo courtesy Seattle Police Department.


Courthouse Dogs Foundation provides technical assistance and training for agencies that want to establish a best practices program for utilizing a dog to provide emotional support to people in legal proceedings.

In a Courthouse Dog Program:

1. The dog is a graduate facility dog from an assistance dog school that is
a member of Assistance Dogs

2. The dog’s handler is a professional in the legal system

3. The facility dog is utilized in such a way as to not disrupt legal proceedings
or create lega
l issues

If your agency is interested in developing a Courthouse Dogs Program, or wants more information on this type of program, please contact us.



2016 International Courthouse Dogs Conference


Victim Advocate Lori Jones and Lincoln

Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016

** New Location This Year **

Hyatt Regency Hotel - Bellevue, Washington

Register Now

COURTHOUSE DOGS is the trademark of Courthouse Dogs Foundation
For usage information, please contact Ellen O’Neill-Stephens