Hope with DSU owner Jenny Falvey.
Hope is a Golden Retriever that will be privately trained by a dedicated team at Dogsmartz Unleashed to serve as a comfort dog to assist victims and witnesses of crimes for the Mahoning County Prosecutor, Gina DeGenova.
Hope was rescued on Christmas Eve by the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project and was later adopted by Gena DeGenova on February 3, 2023.
Jenny, the owner of Dogsmartz Unleashed, is donating the time to training her in order to make her a certified comfort dog.
"Often times, victims and witnesses of crimes are asked to relive stories of traumatic events multiple times during the pendency of a given case. My research has shown that comfort dogs successfully provide support during this stressful process."
Follow Hope's journey on Instagram: @hopethecomfortdog