K9 First Responder Spartacus Chooch stops by iHeartRadio

K9 First Responder Spartacus Chooch stops by iHeartRadio

We were honored by a visit from Spartacus Chooch! 

About K9 First Responders: Specially trained dog teams providing emotional support, aid and comfort to victims of disaster, catastrophe or violence. Helping the road to healing. CLICK HERE for more info!

K9 First Responders

Milford resident Brad Cole, of K9 First Responders with his therapy dog, Spartacus Chooch, a 9-year-old American Akita  with Renee DiNino. Listen to our interview below as Brad talks about how K9 First Responders are making a difference in the lives they touch and about their new documentary, already winning awards Connection in Crisis. Please consider making a donation to support their mission, it's so important. They never charge for their services. 


Connecticut lawmakers witnessed how effective the dogs were in calming and comforting Newtown students and staff. The Connecticut Legislature passed legislation in June 2013 mandating the rapid response of specially trained volunteer Critical Incident Response Canine Teams to events under the auspices of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). The program has since expanded.

The K9FR model was formalized into a rapid response concept. Teams were requested after the following events: Las Vegas concert massacre, Boston Marathon Bombing; Snyrna, DE prison takeover, hostage event & homicide, and Metro North train derailment in Fairfield, CT and CISM/Peer support/EAP situations.   There have been additional deployments to schools after untimely deaths of students and teachers.


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