Labradoodles Help First Responders on Front Lines

June 24, 2021 — As part of an effort to promote the health and well-being of first responders, a new animal-assisted therapy program will deploy a fleet of Labradoodles to disaster sites across the country, starting this summer.

The program is being rolled out by FirstNet, Built with AT&T, a wireless broadband network for dedicated to public safety. A fleet of therapy dogs, currently comprised of more than 30 animals, will be on hand to support front-line workers at natural or manmade disasters. Having a therapy dog on hand could be just one tool for addressing the high rates of depression, PTSD, burnout, and anxiety experienced by first responders.

According to a press release from AT&T, the group chose Labradoodles "because of their temperament, they are hypoallergenic, and well suited to providing calm and care in the middle of chaos."

Agencies utilizing FirstNet will be able to request therapy dogs at no additional charge.

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