With the onset of the pandemic, our team quickly realized that we needed to understand how remote communication was impacting our Service Dog community before we could move forward with the project. Even though the focus of our project includes distance peer support, the pandemic introduced additional challenges. In short, it did not make sense for our team to start creating an addictions specific toolkit for Service Dog organizations if some were not be able to deliver what they learned to their Veteran clients.
Our office has taken on 5 main opportunities since the start of the pandemic to learn more about working remotely and online with animals generally, service dogs specifically, and Veterans. Each of these opportunities overlaps with our SUAP-funded project, and specifically insight on offering distance support and knowledge to Service Dog Organizations and the Veterans they serve through available virtual platforms. This is a work in progress in these unprecedented times.
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