The Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department (FPD) introduced their newest member to the force on January 26. Rebel, thought to be an American Bulldog/American Pit Bull Terrier mix, was rescued from Columbia, SC-based SQ Rescue on September 20. Rebel, who will turn two in July, was taken in by the rescue after she, along with her brother and sister, were found by the side of a road.
Rebel has completed therapy dog training through Cape Fear Dog Training in Fayetteville, including Beginners Training, Canine Good Citizen Certification, Advanced Training, Therapy Certification. She received her Therapy Certification through Therapy Dog International (TDI). As part of the FPD Peer Support Team, Rebel will provide emotional support to employees and victims who have experienced a traumatic event or who are in need of emotional support.
Part of Rebel’s responsibilities will include visiting the different departments of the Fayetteville Police (Forensic Unit, Detectives, Officers, Communications, Human Resources, etc) about twice a month. While at the FPD, she will help promote a positive atmosphere, decrease stress and anxiety, provide comfort, and brighten the day of the hardworking men and women of the who work there.
Therapy dogs are shown to increase happiness, calmness, overall emotional well-being, a decrease in blood pressure and stress levels during visits. Although Rebel doesn’t have the same privileges as a service dog, she is a welcome addition to the department and will help both employees and the community they serve.
Thank you, Fayetteville Police Department, for choosing a dog from a rescue. May she offer comfort to you and your community for years to come.