Meet 'Hope' Lithgow Community Projects' therapy dog

A HELPING HOUND: Hope is a service dog who will interact with clients at Lithgow's refuge for women and children. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.
A HELPING HOUND: Hope is a service dog who will interact with clients at Lithgow's refuge for women and children. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

Hope is offering a sympathetic paw to families seeking safety and shelter in Lithgow.

The Tamaruke labradoodle named ‘Hope’ began her new job as a therapy dog at Lithgow Community Projects Inc and its refuge for women and children last Tuesday. 

Hope and her training as a service dog were provided by donations from the public and $8,600 fundraised by the Rydal Village Association through the Daffodils at Rydal festival. 

NEW EMPLOYEE: Lisa Matthews, Natalie Bishop, Michelle Ringin, Erin Ellery, Deonne Kinney, Cath Hungerford and Hope. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

NEW EMPLOYEE: Lisa Matthews, Natalie Bishop, Michelle Ringin, Erin Ellery, Deonne Kinney, Cath Hungerford and Hope. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

“The dog will be present at both the crisis centre and our Main Street office interacting with clients at our services. Anyone who is at the centre, the families who are there, will get to spend time with her in the residence,” LCP manager Deonne Kinney said.

“Clients have really loved having her around and having a pat.”

Lithgow Community Projects Inc provides accommodation and support for young people, adults and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as women and children experiencing domestic violence.