Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who takes care of the Tri-State Canine Response Team dogs when they are not working?
All of our dogs are members of the handler's household, live indoors and are cared for and loved by the handler and members of their family.
What are the age requirements of a dog to be a member of Tri-State Canine Response Team?
A dog should be 1 year old to formally join Tri-State as a team member.
Are there things I can do until my dog is old enough to begin training as a therapy dog?
Yes. You can provide a solid foundation for your dog by working with a trainer who will guide you through gentle socialization, low-key and varied positive community experiences, basic obedience and handling skills and learning how to understand the language of dogs. If your dog is younger than 1 year old and you are interested in joining Tri-State, give us a call (609-828-0684) so that we can discuss additional opportunities.
I don't have a dog but I would like to support Tri-State Canine Response Team are there things that I can do?
Yes. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with various tasks and fundraising. Please see our Volunteer page for some of the jobs we need help with.
My school / police department / fire station, etc. would like to partner with Tri-State Canine Response Team for a community event, how do we go about making the request?
All you have to do is call (609-828-0684) and explore options.
My dog and I are members of a different crisis response team, can we be part of Tri-State Canine's Crisis Response Team?
Unfortunately no. We consider this a conflict of interest. Our teams have special training and drill together so that our dogs and handlers are familiar with each prior to deployment. Due to the nature of crisis response work, we need to know who is committed to Tri-State's mission so that when a call comes in for assistance, we know our teams are ready to deploy.