At The Center we utilize service dogs if we feel it is beneficial to our treatment approach. Research has shown that psychiatric service dogs can be beneficial in treating several diagnosis such as: Autism Spectrum disorders, Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Dissociative Identity disorder, Schizophrenia, and Social anxiety. All of our animals are certified by Service Dogs of America and have been trained to work with different populations.
Nilly is an 8-year old Chihuahua who works really well with children on the Autism Spectrum. She is the leader of the service dog pack at the Center and really enjoys running obstacle courses.
Dolce is a 2 year old Chihuahua mix found living on the streets of Federal Way. She is best friends with Nilly although Nilly would say otherwise. Dolce has tons of energy and enjoys working with kids that can keep up with her. Dolce also doubles as the company shredder and is really good at finding office supplies that fall to the floor.
Lil’ man is a 2 ½ year old bi-lingual (Spanish & English) Chihuahua who was found abandoned on a highway in the middle of winter. It is clear he had been abused since he is fearful of men. However, he’s overcome most of his fears of being around men and is very intuitive to others who have experienced trauma or abuse especially children that have experienced trauma. Lil Man enjoys playing with his stuffed squeaky toys, his ball, and dancing.
Sophia is a 7-year old Chihuahua who has been working as a service animal her whole life. She initially began her work at Harborview Hospital in the psychiatric ward. In addition, she also provided in home treatment for families affiliated with Child Protective Services. Furthermore, Sophia has also worked with individuals in need of hospice care. Her work at the Center involves working with all populations. She enjoys sleeping inside her puffy and her purse.
Loki (AKA the god of mischief) is a 10 month old boxer puppy who recently joined The Center team as a service dog in February of 2014. Loki has tons of energy and is a silly goofball. His work at The Center involves working with all populations but he specializes in working with children. Loki is The Center’s greeter and truly enjoys welcoming people and giving them kisses to say hello. He thinks he is best friends with Nilly and Dolce but in actuality they are his arch nemeses. Loki enjoys playing tug of war, chewing on squeaky toys, running, and playing with water bottles.
Mugsy Thank You for your years of service to the center.