Crisis Response Canines (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-proﬁt organization comprised of certiﬁed K9 teams throughout the United States who have dedicated thousands of hours comforting those impacted by personal or community crisis events. Our highly trained K9 teams are experienced in psychological first aid and certiﬁed to work effectively in crisis environments supporting anyone affected by mass shootings, large-scale accidents, violence, abuse, tragic death, suicides, terrorism, natural disasters (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) and more.
Our goal is to establish a nationwide network of canine crisis response teams who can be deployed immediately where they are needed most. CRC also offers local volunteer services that are provided by the handlers and their canine partners, offering a level of comfort and calmness that only a canine can.
CRC has two team levels: CRC Comfort and CRC Operational Deployment. Our CRC Comfort Teams serve as the foundation for our visits to hospitals, schools, businesses, speaking events, and other similar opportunities. The CRC Operational Deployment teams have the capability to respond to National Crisis Events .CRC is a strategic partner with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Operational Deployment Members are mandated to successfully complete ICISF Individual and Group training. Additional training completed by the Operational Deployment teams include the AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA), Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU) Certiﬁcation, CRC Crisis Response Canine Working Dog Certiﬁcation, Law Enforcement Defensive Systems Crisis Working Dog Certiﬁcation, and speciﬁc courses associated with healthcare, mental, & behavioral health.
Our volunteer members and their canine partners completed background checks and must complete a comprehensive series of nationally recognized certiﬁcations and commit to ongoing training with annual re-testing/re-certiﬁcations as required to perform duties.