BARK Therapy Dogs

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GROUCHO's FAMILY
Groucho is the original BARK dog and his mom, Josie, is the founder and director of BARK.

Groucho's Family (Josie and her son, Christopher) became involved with animals by raising six puppies over eight years for Guide Dogs for the Blind. They soon began volunteering at a local animal shelter and transporting shelter dogs to foster homes and foster dogs to permanent homes from Long Beach to Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada.

Josie has helped rescue and shelter evacuated animals during the San Bernardino Fires in 2005,Lake Tahoe Fires (7/07), Butte County Fires x 2 (7/08), Hurricane Gustav (9/08) and San Diego Fires (10/07).

Josie also helps with TNR (trap, neuter, return) of feral cats, feeding orphaned bottle-baby kittens, and free spay/neuter clinics in Compton, Watts, and South Central Los Angeles.

For more information about these programs, go to Community Links

Josie's story in Long Beach Magazine - March 2008: Long Beach Magazine

Josie was a winner of the 2008 Honda Helpful Awards and was given a Honda Element to help with her volunteer work in the community. Here's a rundown of all the things the Element did during it's first year and a half: Elemental Journey

WILLOW's FAMILY
Since 1995, Mary and Dave have been puppy raisers for for Guide Dogs of America (GDA), a non-profit organization that has been providing guide dogs free of charge to the visually impaired since 1948. Willow is a retired breeder for GDA.


YODA's FAMILY
Yoda's family raises puppies for Guide Dogs of America.


JACK's FAMILY
Jack and his mom, Pat, also visit children at Canyon Acres in Anaheim Hills.

LOLA's FAMILY
Lola and her mom, Karen, also volunteer at Long Beach Millers Children's Hospital. Lola brightens the day of all the younger children who are hospitalized as well as the hospital personnel!

MAGGIE R's FAMILY
Maggie and her dad, Tom, also volunteer at Long Beach Memorial Millers Childrens Hospital.Maggie spends time with kids in the pediatric ICU and general pediatrics floor as well as the oncology ward.

VICTORIA's FAMILY
Victoria's family has raised puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Victoria and a puppy in training go to various schools with presentations about the Guide Dog program.

ABBY's FAMILY
Abby's family does home checks for prospective dog adopters and evaluates labradors in shelters for possible rescue.

CHISPA's FAMILY
Chispa also visits patients at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside.

HOLLY AND MISTY's FAMILY
Holly and Misty's parents both visit patients at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

OLIVER's FAMILY
Oliver's mom also takes him to visit people in hospitals in the South Bay area.

PATRON's FAMILY
Patron's mom also takes him to visit at Westwood Plaza Assisted & Independent living in WLA.

TITIAN's FAMILY
Titian's family raises puppies for Canine Companies for Independence.