As people who are dedicated to our dogs as well as to the people whom we serve, the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers, Inc. and their canine partners offer comfort, compassion and educational opportunities. We strive to facilitate friendship and mutual support among our members as we serve the community.
Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers [SCCV] is an all- volunteer organization that has been training registered therapy dogs for over 33 years. Owner-handlers are trained with their dogs and upon completion of the program bring joy and comfort to those in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, hospice units, the 911 Call Center, and multiple conventions and seminars held at area hotels and the Albuquerque Civic Center. Through the Hero 2 Hero program we will proudly be visiting with Rio Rancho First Responders. SCCV teams currently visit at over 40 facilities.
In a partnership with Animal Protection of New Mexico, SCCV teams also assist in multiple humane stewardship lessons offered to Pre-K through college graduate programs. “Loose Dog and Bite Safety” and “Read to the Dogs” lessons can be found in schools, public libraries and community events throughout New Mexico. Teams visit as far north as Mora, New Mexico and as far south as Socorro. SCCV dogs also visit at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center and take part in the “Pup Program” at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility. Here, a select group of inmates are partnered with dogs from the Valencia County Shelter. The dogs live with the inmates for a period of 12 weeks and, using only positive reinforcement, are socialized and obedience trained making them readily adoptable. This program has successfully adopted out 72 dogs who are now in loving homes and made room for 72 more dogs to enter an already over-crowded shelter.
SCCV’s training program has been honored by the American Kennel Club and is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive. It consists of multiple evaluations, classes (for both the dog and the handler), apprenticeship visits with experienced mentor teams that introduce the trainees to all of the necessary details for a comfortable and safe visit for dog, handler and client. In training, teams visit various types of facilities in order to determine where the handler and the dog work the best. After graduation, the new teams have a network of experienced handlers ready to help them get established in the facilities/visits of their choice. The organization also requires “Continuing Education” sessions to make sure its teams are aware of and practicing established protocols.
All SCCV teams have photo ID’s for both the handler and the dog and an insurance card indicating the team has earned a $2,000,000 liability policy. The handler also carries a copy of the dog’s current health certificate and a SCCV registered therapy dog tag is attached to the dog’s collar.
SCCV members enjoy sharing their well-trained therapy dogs with the community. These volunteers with their dogs full of tricks bring happiness, comfort and compassion to all they visit. We look forward to working with Hero 2 Hero and meeting Rio Rancho First Responders.
Through out the year, we will hold events for ALL first responders and their families.
Swimming, picnics, bowling, are just some of the ways we are working to build relationships with each other.
All events will be posted here, so bookmark us for easy reference.
All 1st Responders are affected by the scenes they respond to. If you work in this field long enough, you are destined to be affected by those you serve.
Our mission is to help you find a counselor or peer support professional to help you.
If however, you are not ready for that, consider:
Anyone of these forms of therapy are available by Professionals who know, understand and may live with PTSD themselves.
As 1st Responders, we are trained to care about those we serve first and foremost. In doing so,
we neglect ourselves.
While counseling is beneficial for some, it is not reasonable to expect it to be the only solution for all personalities and may not be for everyone, perhaps not at
Whatever you feel you need, we can get you help.
Hero 2 Hero is a 501 (c) (3) organization with the heart of dedicated 1st Responders and civilians who live and work in your community.
The Firefighters, Police Officers, Dispatchers, Paramedics, Veterans, Social Workers, PAs and RNs that make up our group are completely geared to the task of not only raising awareness of suicide, depression, PTSD and other factors that affect first responders, but also providing solutions.
Our desire is to not only raise suicide awareness among our first responder community but to provide solutions for their struggles. With each of us working to identify our heroes in need, we can discreetly provide resources, support and resolutions, to the hero and their families.
Please reach out anytime.
Hero 2 Hero
PO Box 20122
Albuquerque, NM 87154-0122