The Oregon State University Department of Public Safety officially welcomed Cedar, a 17-month-old black lab, to the team in April to serve as the department’s welfare dog.
“Cedar will provide soothing, comforting support and stress relief to the OSU Corvallis campus community, as well as members of the Department of Public Safety,” said Shanon Anderson, Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Chief the police.
Cedar was identified as the work dog when he first visited campus, Anderson said.
“His incredible love of people and desire to interact with everyone he meets are some of the traits that make him an excellent welfare dog,” she said.
DPS contacted Working Dogs Oregon to learn more about bringing a welfare dog to campus. Working Dogs Oregon is a non-profit organization that places dogs with law enforcement across the state.
Darin Campbell, executive director of Working Dogs Oregon, identified Cedar as a good fit for OSU.
“He wants to be everywhere and everywhere people are, all the time,” Campbell said. “Cedar is an incredibly social and happy boy. He has a strong training base and he’s a perfect fit for OSU.
Over the next few months, DPS will work to establish a team of handlers and care providers for Cedar. Cedar and the team will continue to receive handler training and support from Working Dogs Oregon.
The new furry team member will live in Cascade Hall, where he can hang out and be supervised by DPS staff. Because DPS is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Cedar will have a safe and familiar place to work, rest, play and train when not serving the Corvallis campus with trained DPS personnel.
“Having Cedar on campus helps balance the needs of the community and the DPS team,” Anderson said.
Public Safety Officer Jacob Kulik said adding a welfare dog is a great way to connect public safety personnel and campus police officers with the campus community and visitors. .
“Having a dog on the team is pretty awesome. We took Cedar with us to Dutch Bros. the last time he was here for a visit, and students and other people wanted to come tell us about him,” Kulik said.
“People are encouraged to say hi to Cedar if they spot him on campus,” Anderson said. “Providing people with opportunities to interact with Cedar is part of his role as a welfare dog. As he settles into his new home, additional events will be scheduled where Cedar interacts with the community. from campus.
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