Happy Paws, Healthy Minds: Wellness Dogs Supporting RCS School Success

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Donation Total: $25.00

 The RCS Wellness Dog program is seeking your help to HOST over 40 dogs within the RCS district within all 22 buildings.
Currently, there are 13 dogs working among 9 district buildings.

This is our proposal’s compelling why…                 

The RCS Wellness Dog program is a district-wide initiative to support student social-emotional wellness by providing wellness dogs in schools during the school day. It is comprised of select dogs which have met criteria for temperament and behavior specific to the duties of a wellness dog. The work of the dogs’ handlers work is voluntary, as they regularly bring their wellness dogs with them to their schools to offer canine companionship that assists with the overall well-being of students.

Going forward, this program would like to be able to assist handlers with funding the costs associated with providing a wellness dog. By doing so, we hope it encourages additional handlers to participate in the program, attending schools which currently do not have a wellness dog.

The difference that the presence of wellness dogs has made in our schools is visible, and an investment in the social-emotional health of our students is a valuable and worthwhile cause.

♥ This is where you can help! ♥

Your support is beneficial to students, staff, and our community as a whole! With your support, this program can increase its reach to every school and bring the kindness and sense of security that a wellness dog provides across the district.

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $50. Every little bit helps!! 

We ask to help foster encouragement, pride, perseverance, teamwork, and community connections!!

Thank you for your consideration!

♥ Any donation amount is appreciated! ♥

Where Your Donation Goes:

  • This program is ongoing and continues throughout the school year.
  • The goal is to increase the program by having a wellness dog present in every building.
  • Funds will cover costs of care and supplies that are needed to be housed at each building to utilize during the therapy dog visits, i.e. crate, dog blanket for crate, dog bed, water bowl, food bowl, stool bags.
  • Fulfillment labor & materials

Total Projected Goal  $5,800.


Thank you for your generous donation and taking time to give these students a once in a lifetime opportunity they have been working hard for!!

Bradley Gauthier

May 14, 2024


May 8, 2024

Nancy Scharoll

May 7, 2024

I think this is a great program

Kara Eisenbrey

May 7, 2024

Suganya Prasaad

May 7, 2024

Dorthea Bartz

May 7, 2024

Kristin Rose

May 7, 2024

Karyn Ford

May 6, 2024

Karen Kehres

May 6, 2024

Andrea Moran

May 6, 2024

I am thrilled with this program and hope that it can be available to teachers too somehow. We need help calming down sometimes. It would be wonderful have access in some way in the future.

Susan Kurnick

May 6, 2024

On behalf of Tim Mullins

Nichola Simion

May 6, 2024

Happy tails!

*A portion of the total project goal will be donated to the RCS Foundation to cover the costs incurred to support a project and enhance educational opportunities for RCS students.  Click the following link to learn more: SUPPORT A PROJECT FAQ PAGE