VIDEO: BCSO Paws and Stripes College Partners With Eastern Florida Veterinarian Technician Program

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CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS

ABOVE VIDEO: The BCSO Paws & Stripes College, which pairs female inmates with homeless canines to train the dogs in therapy service, is a win-win-win-win situation. The inmates gain valuable lessons in responsibility that can be later applied to the workforce, the previously homeless animals find forever homes and a purpose in life and the community benefits from the service these animals provide, and it all happens at almost no cost to taxpayers.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – At the county’s animal shelter, Harley kept getting passed over by potential adoptive families, because the energetic beagle just seemed too much to handle.

paws-stripes-poster-580-1That was several weeks ago, but these days Harley is a sworn officer at the Boynton Beach Police Department, where she uses her canine “people skills” as a law enforcement therapy dog.

The comforting presence of these animals help victims, particularly children, remember and disclose more information, thus resulting in bringing to justice more crime perpetrators.

Harley is a graduate of Paws & Stripes College, which pairs female inmates with homeless canines to train the dogs in therapy service. It’s a win-win-win-win situation.

The inmates gain valuable lessons in responsibility that can be later applied to the workforce, the previously homeless animals find forever homes and a purpose in life and the community benefits from the service these animals provide, and it all happens at almost no cost to taxpayers.

“The presence of the dogs creates a friendly environment that reduces anxiety and increases the cognitive ability of the victim to remember what happened and to describe the event,” said Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit agent Jessie Holton.

Originally intended for child victims, the dogs have proven so successful that they’re now being used with adult victims and even with suspects.

“The dogs change the dynamics,” said Holton. “Suspects will pet the dog, but stop petting it when they’re lying, so we’re given an edge in the investigation.”

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The BCSO Paws & Stripes College, which pairs female inmates with homeless canines to train the dogs in therapy service, is a win-win-win-win situation. The inmates gain valuable lessons in responsibility that can be later applied to the workforce, the previously homeless animals find forever homes and a purpose in life and the community benefits from the service these animals provide, and it all happens at almost no cost to taxpayers.

AMAZINGLY LOVING ANIMALS

Although many organizations around the country have parts of the Paws & Stripes model, none has the comprehensive breadth of the Brevard program.

“There is nothing out there that has all the details as Paws & Stripes College,” said Holton.

The program begins when Animal Care Center’s staff identifies potential canine candidates for the program. They may be big or little, too rambunctious or too timed, but they all have not been adopted because their particular behavior scares away prospective pet parents.

“They’re rough around the edges, but they have potential,” said animal services manager Joe Hellebrand.

The animals are enrolled in an eight-week canine etiquette program that transforms them into canine good citizens who won’t soil the house and will pay attention to their humans. Inmates perform the one-on-one training.

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Animals who have an extra edge go on for additional lessons, while those who don’t return to the shelter, where they will be snapped up, since they are perfect models of behavior.

While many of the dogs, like Harley, do go on to law enforcement therapy work at agencies across the state, others are assigned at no cost to the adopters to serve as comfort dogs for children with autism or other behavioral or emotional issues, for veterans suffering from PTSD or for anyone in need of the comforting presence of these amazingly loving animals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement. Information about the hospital and hospice volunteers will be released Oct. 1.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created seven years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2016 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

humanitrians-sponsors-330-1ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

• 211 Brevard
• Advocates For Aging
• Rusty Buchanan
• Steve Bunker
• Cape Canaveral Ladies
• Stop the Bleed Team
• Junior League of South Brevard
• Space Coast Iceplex Disabled Sled Hockey
• AJ Hiers
• Sharon James
• Keep Brevard Beautiful
• Janet Marks
• Paws and Stripes College
• Port Canaveral Commission
• Col. Danny McKnight
• Rolling Readers Space Coast
• Leo Roselip
• Space Coast Health Foundation
• Space Coast Paratroopers
• Central Florida Animal Refuge
• BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller
• Jarvis Wash
• Dr. Carlos Woodward
• The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Bernie Simpkins.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the seventh consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, Brighthouse Networks, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Community Credit Union, Lake Nona Medical Arts, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

Tom Palermo

Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 3 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.


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