Dogs Have Issues Too: Helping Dogs Cope with Stress.


Our psychiatric service dogs all begin as shelter dogs. In meeting and assessing these dogs, we are acutely aware of the need to help dogs cope with stress. Even the best shelters are still not loving homes or the jobs many working dogs need to live satisfying lives.

On March 9th, Healing Companions held an afternoon of stress reduction/relaxation techniques for over twenty inmates and the shelter dogs they train in their basic skills. The training provided to shelter dogs by these inmates helps even those dogs that do not go on to become psychiatric service dogs be more adoptable. Those that do go on to be qualified to enter our program can Continue Reading →


Thank you Matthew Hanzel!

Matthew is a wonderful young man who chose Healing Companions as his project for Awesome 2019.  We really appreciate his taking the time to learn about us and his thoughtful video presentation about our program.




If I told you that you could help both people and dogs, at the same time, for FREE, would you do it?

Of course, you would. All good-hearted people would.

And like most people, you love to shop. So, why not make your shopping about more than just getting stuff? Turn your shopping into an activity that improves people’s and dogs’ lives.

Here’s how it works. Choose any or all of Healing Companions supporters below. And every time you shop, they will donate money to Healing Companions.

We will use that money to give abandoned shelter dogs good homes AND train them to become psychiatric service dogs. In their new forever homes, the dogs will be helping people struggling to live with mental illnesses.

It’s a chain reaction that goes like this: Continue Reading →


Letty’s Memorial Fund

We are deeply grateful and honored that Healing Companions, Inc. has been chosen to be the recipient of Letty’s Memorial Fund.  Their goal is to raise enough for the adoption and training of one dog.

From Letty’s sister Katrina:

One year ago today my beautiful ❤️ sister Letty took her life, after many years of struggling with debilitating fear and loneliness (despite being much loved by her family and her many loyal friends) , and lots of other issues stemming from her mental health.

LettyLetty left behind her beloved son; he is nine years old. I hope that he may find some comfort in this tribute too. Mental health and suicide affects all who knew and loved that person, so I know that if we can raise the funds for just one Psychiatric Service Dog, that we will save not only the dog and it’s future owner, but we could also be sparing so many more loved ones from a terrible fate too.

I have chosen Healing Companions as a tribute to Letty because Letty cared deeply about dogs in shelters, and all of the dogs trained by HC are rescues. By sponsoring a dog through Healing Companions we could  save a dog , and  save a person too; someone desperately struggling like our darling Letty.

Healing Companions trains dogs from shelters to be Psychiatric Service Dogs to people who suffer from mental health problems, giving the dog a purpose, and the owner renewed hope.

It costs $20,000 to train a dog to be a Psychiatric Service Dog. It’s a lot of money but these dogs really do save lives.

Please help us by donating and/ or fundraising to sponsor a dog in honour of our dear sweet Letty.

When we have raised the funds, I’ll update you with photos and videos etc of our dog. In the meantime please do follow the link for Healing Companions and see for yourself the wonderful work that this organisation does. The charity is based in America. We felt it was the right charity, and Letty was an international girl who had lots of dear friends in the States, and spent many happy times there.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Kat (Letty’s sister) Amber and Islay (Letty’s nieces) Xxx


Goodbye to Sean

Sean Farrell’s story is both beautiful and touching. We are grateful to have received so many notes and generous donations in his memory. Sean continues to live in his love for nature and helping both animals and humans.

Sean and Mr. Nibbles

Sean and Mr. Nibbles

Sean was an energetic 14 year old who loved nature and the outdoors all his life. He was truly happy walking around a pond or wading down a stream looking for fish to catch, frogs and turtles to grab, and snakes to slither around his hands. He could have opened a zoo if we had let Sean keep just a small fraction of the animals that met him.

He was never happier than when he had a fishing pole in his hands. People often wondered how Sean, the kid in almost a constant state of motion, was able to sit still long enough to enjoy fishing. It would all make sense to them when we explained Sean’s preferred method of fishing; at least 2 lines in the water, 3 even better, Dad to change lures and bait hooks, and a large enough area to change locations constantly.

While there were a steady supply of reptiles and other sorted animals in Sean’s life, his turtle, Mr. Nibbles, and his bunny, Snowball, were his most beloved. Ah yes, Continue Reading →

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