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Local Dog Goes For National Title

We know that heroes come in all kinds of packages.

One local dog is going for the title of 2020 American Hero Dog. Olive may be a small dog, but her story and job are BIG! Olive works with Capital City CASA and her job is accompanying children to court in Cole County. If this all sounds familiar, you may remember Olive stopping by Erin and Matt in the Morning talking about the great work Capital City CASA does as well as local fundraising events for Capital City CASA. Read Olive’s story now!

“From hopeless and homeless to living her purpose, Olive was rescued from the streets in Los Angeles by Brandon McMillan, host and animal trainer of the Emmy Award-winning CBS show, Lucky Dog, Season 4 Episode 6. Lisa Groves Bax, a child advocate volunteer for abused/neglected children in the judicial system in Missouri, saw the need for a resource to assist the scores of children facing the daunting task of appearing or testifying in court. After extensive training with Brandon McMillan, Olive was united with her forever family in Missouri, and ready to live her purpose, certified therapy dog. Olive was tested and evaluated by Therapy Dogs International (TDI).

At no fault of the child, these vulnerable children are facing unknown proceedings because an adult failed to care properly for them. Olive’s mission is to make sure that no child walks alone through the courtroom doors, and provides comfort throughout the unknown journey that the child faces against their abuser or neglecting adult, which in most cases is their very own parent(s).

Olive has served over 300 children since beginning in the court system in 2016 and continues to assist children with extremely difficult criminal trials in order to get a conviction against the abuser. Olive is an American Hero Dog to the children she serves, and deserves to add this title to her endless endeavors advocating for the awareness of child abuse/neglect and serving children in the courtroom.”

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual, nationwide competition that recognizes the heroes on both ends of the leash. The category finalists will be honored on the nationwide broadcast on Hallmark Channel this October. Seven courageous canines will be featured, and only one dog will be awarded the 2020 American Hero Dog title!

Vote for Olive now!

Olive has won Therapy Dog of the Year and has made it to the third round of voting for the American Hero Dog title, meaning she is one of the seven finalists! We are so proud of our friend, Olive, and her handler Lisa Groves Bax for all the hard work and care they give to the children in Cole County through Capital City CASA. Please vote for Olive daily until noon on September 10th!

If you are interested in becoming a child advocate volunteer for Capital City CASA, please visit their website here!

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