Meet Murphy, the Terrie Hess Child Advocacy Center therapy dog!

Murphy is a shelter dog, adopted from the Rowan County Animal Shelter in July 2019. He and his handler have completed extensive training and work full-time as a therapy team at our facility. Murphy works with visitors and supports children recovering from abuse through the Terrie Hess CAC. His warm greeting and comforting presence can reduce the fear or anxiety that a child may experience, and remind them that they are not alone.

Our therapy dog program was developed and is maintained with the help of Nina Dix, Certified Dog Trainer & Behaviorist. Murphy is a Canine Good Citizen through the American Kennel Club and a certified therapy dog with Canine Caregivers Therapy Dogs, NC.

Murphy is generously supported by Doggie Holiday Boarding & Training, Rowan Animal Clinic, and Uptown Dogs & Cats.