Suffering exists in our communities as a result of illness, trauma, substance abuse, and the existing systems that perpetuate inequality. We embrace inclusion and celebrate diversity, for only by unique perspectives and life experiences can we truly help every person, who needs our gentle giants.
Co-Founder Lisa Schiller is an award-winning Sundance filmmaker with over 20 years of operational leadership, marketing, and non-profit management experience. Her work with her therapy dog partner Chewie, helped inspire the mission of the organization.
With our large Newfoundland therapy team based in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and throughout the country, we spread hope and healing to those who are protecting and caring for others, Veterans, Military families, Firefighters, EMS workers, doctors, nurses, and other essential heroes. They need our help.
First of its kind in the country, led by Patti Sutherland, at Owen Highschool in Buncombe County, NC, this unique program started with a goal of reducing high school dropout statistics for at-risk teens and ended up boasting a 100% graduation rate. The Hudson Ambassador program graduates are paying forward that gift by joining our Newfie Therapy team.
The organization is dedicated to all of the Veterans and first responders in our families. Including Jonathan Edds, who lost his life in Iraq and all those who have served or have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.