Prevail Inc., a Hamilton-County-based nonprofit advocating for victims of crime and abuse, recently welcomed the organization’s first facility dog. Odle, a fully-trained Double Doodle, will assist victims of crime and abuse.
Odle spent the first years of his life training at Indiana Canine Assistance Network before he was acquired by Prevail Inc. While there, he was trained as a facility dog. A facility dog earns a higher level of training than a therapy dog. His accreditation comes from Assistance Dogs International. Odle knows 30 to 40 commands, including bowing to meet new clients, crawl, hug and retrieve (for dropped items). Because of his breed, Odle is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed or produce dander.
Brittany Winebar is Odle’s primary handler and trainer, but two other staff members are certified to handle him as well. While Odle will be principally assisting the children’s program, he will also be presented to judges and prosecutor’s offices to assist victims in court, and during legal proceedings.
“We are pleased to have Odle as a part of the Prevail team,” said Prevail Executive Director Loretta Moore. “He has already begun to work his magic with our clients in just the three short weeks he’s been with us.”
Described as a loving, social butterfly, Odle interacts with three to five clients daily. Many of those interactions occur in a group setting, while some are one-on-one. His presence alone creates a calming effect on children and adults, and he’s known for leaning into clients to show his support and to comfort them in their time of need. When not working, Odle can often be found on his bed taking a nap and cuddling with one of his favorite Beanie Babies. Funding for Odle was provided by an anonymous donor, his veterinary care is being donated by VCA Wellington and his food is sponsored by Hills.
Founded in 1986, Prevail is a dedicated and recognized model in the advocacy for crime victims by promoting community awareness through educational prevention programs and collaborative community partnerships. For more information, visit www.prevailinc.com.