ST. LOUIS (Aug. 24, 2020) – Duo Dogs, Inc., the St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that provides highly skilled assistance dogs and uniquely trained touch therapy teams to individuals, families and the community, has added three members to their team of dog-loving professionals.
Susanne Schenberg Wandling joins the organization as director of canine services, Stacy Maly-Rodgers will fill the newly created position of director of engagement and Michelle Nixon will serve as a kennel assistant.
“We are thrilled to add to our team of professionals to help us deliver on our mission of connecting people with dogs to cultivate positive change,” said Peggy Musen, executive director of Duo Dogs. “We are putting the right people in place to help us thoughtfully grow our organization and place more Duo Dogs across the county.”
Wandling has more than 20 years of experience raising and training dogs. Before joining Duo Dogs, she spent 20 years at the American Service Dog Association where she raised and trained dogs for individuals with PTSD, anxiety, and physical disabilities.
Maly-Rogers joins the organization from St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she served as a coordinator for the hospital’s Paws for Hope pet therapy program. In her new role she will manage donor relations and community outreach.
Nixon will assist Duo’s canine staff, caring for the next generation of service dogs for future clients.
Since 1981, Duo Dogs has been raising and professionally training assistance dogs for mobility and hearing-impaired individuals, as well as facility dogs for organizations like courthouses and schools. The dogs require two years of training and are provided at no cost to clients.
Duo Dogs also certifies members of the public and their own dogs to give back to the community. The organization’s Touch Teams provide comfort to patients and families dealing with medical issues, while Paws for Reading teams visit libraries and schools to help young children learn to read.
The organization’s scope of services recently has grown to include Duo Dogs’ Court Room Dog Program which places dogs with therapists and adults who work with children who may have been mentally, physically, or sexually abused and help as part of the forensic interview process. Duo Dog’s is also adding a new PTSD therapy program to address unmet needs in the St. Louis community.
“Every day we hear from individuals and organizations who need assistance with PTSD programs,” said Musen. “By adding to our team, we can expand our scope of services to assist those suffering with PTSD and help more people through the amazing power of dogs.”
About Duo Dogs, Inc.
Duo Dogs, Inc., is a national nonprofit organization that trains and connects dogs with people to cultivate positive change in individuals, families, and communities. Our Assistance Dog, Facility Dog, Touch Dog, and Obedience programs enrich lives to facilitate a better you, every day
In 2019, Duo Dogs placed 25 facility and assistance dogs and their 245+ Touch Teams visited 120 facilities impacting more than 179,000 individuals. To learn more, visit duodogs.org.