Some local four-legged friends are being recognized as Hometown Heroes for their service to the community of Colorado Springs and beyond.
“When you see someone who is pretty upset and they are having terrible day or week and your dog is sitting on their lap giving them kisses, making them happy, it warms your heart,” said Lori Schlonski, the head volunteer coordinator for Go Team Therapy.
Go Team Therapy is a local nonprofit organization that works on training dogs to respond in crisis, therapy and airport situations.
“The therapy dogs, they go to hospitals, hospices, assisted living centers and schools,” said Nancy Trepagnier, executive director for Go Team Therapy. “Therapy dogs are the feel-good dogs.”
The crisis dogs have a little more work to do.
“They worked the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Black Forest Fire,” Trepagnier said. “They did Pulse Night Club shooting and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Then they were in California with the shooting there, then they flipped and went to the fires in California.”
Go Team Therapy has a total of 600 working dogs all around the country and even the world.
“We’re in 22 states and have two dogs in South Korea,” said Carla Albers, who works with Go Team Therapy.
The team responds to a variety of situations and places.