CASA of Hancock County gave a warm welcome this evening to its newest staff member, a four legged friend designed to assist in their mission of helping children.
Meet Remi, the dog who has own her trading card, coloring book, and superhero powers for helping children. Remi’s handler Naomi Strawhorn said, “She’s a true professional. I often say she’s smarter than I am. She’s very in tune with the children that she serves. When she’s in court, she’s all about the kids, and they know that.”
The two-and-a-half year-old Labrador/golden retriever mix was specifically trained for her new mission as a courthouse facility dog by Canine Companions for Independence. CASA of Hancock County Executive Director Cynthia Chauvin said, “We were super excited to get the call during the pandemic that it was time for us to be trained in this unique role. And Remi, now that she’s back here in Hancock County has been successfully acclimated to our office.”
Remi has hit the ground running to provide support to the children CASA serves during their times of need. “She has already started supporting children who appear in court as a result of cases of child maltreatment.”
Remi’s role is unique to the state of Mississippi. Chauvin hopes more dogs like Remi can help children across the state in the future. “I would love to see other agencies that are serving children and families in need that have a dog that provides this type of service, because it truly impacts the whole community.”
As Remi makes her debut to the volunteers and staff of CASA, she prepares to be there for the kids of Hancock County for years to come. “Over the course of the next ten years, she has the potential to help hundreds of children.”