2 to 3 girls and young women are recovered out of human trafficking every day, and therapy dogs help them heal - Phoenix, AZ

Human trafficking causes deep pain in the lives of girls who survive. Can therapy dogs really help girls who have been trafficked? 

Let's face it, girls who have been victims of the brutality of human trafficking are hurt.  

They're hurt emotionally, physically, and in every way in between. 

It often takes years for girls to heal...and some pain lasts a lifetime. 

In the picture-perfect Hollywood story, the girl gets rescued. 

Then she goes home to a warm, welcoming family. And she is instantly healed of the trauma and abuse and she lives happily ever after.

That story sells tickets and makes us feel better about a horrible truth in our world.

But the truth is often gut-wrenching, ugly, painful, messy, and hard to look at.

The truth is, girls who’ve been trafficked need months and sometimes YEARS of help before they get “better”.

Over the past 15 years of working with these girls and young women, we've seen a lot...

  • We’ve seen a girl come in with a bullet fragment still in her head from her trafficker trying to kill her as she was escaping
  • We’ve seen a girl come in with a broken femur because the trafficker dragged her from a car as she tried to escape
  • Girls regularly come in with broken noses, broken teeth, black eyes and bruised faces
  • We see sexually transmitted infections that take months or years to heal from
  • We see minds that have been warped to think that every man is only out to abuse them or manipulate them into doing something
  • Many girls come in with their trafficker’s names tattooed and sometimes burned into their skin like a farmer brands livestock
  • Many of the girls have hearts that have lost the will to live and to love and to trust people
  • Often we see girls that have spirits that have been broken like an animal through the mental and sometimes physical cages that the traffickers lock them in

So, no, they don’t just go home and start back in 8th grade where they left off…

Every day, we see the “rest of the story” and the HUGE need these girls have.

And what is their greatest need?

The greatest need these girls have is for people to come alongside them and help them as they heal. 

And some of the most faithful healers we have at these girls' sides, are specially trained therapy dogs. 

Some of these amazing healing pals sleep with the girls when they first come to the campus. Some of them follow the girls to school and sit with them through therapy.

Most people want to do SOMETHING to help girls who are victims of human trafficking. 

Some people teach classes or mentor the girls. But not everyone has the time to truly commit to sticking with these girls while they heal. It’s a process…for sure. 

Many people have decided to try sponsoring one of the therapy dogs along with some of the girls as they heal. It’s something that most people can do and it truly does help these girls and young women get the thing they need most – HEALING. 

Effective therapy dog sponsorships start at as little as $10 per month.

What good does $10 per month do?

A lot.

That $10 may be the first healthy, nourishing, and loving meal that the girl has had in months…or years.

That $10 may be a new or improved vest for the therapy dog. 

That $10 may be the co-pay for the first medical appointment she has had in a long time. Or it may take care of the medicine she needs for her first prescription to heal something she has going on physically or mentally.

For our four-legged friends, the $10 could be the copay for the vet for their regular checkups. 

That $10 may cover the gas and transportation costs for a young woman as she is transported from the police department to the Dream Center where she will start the healing process.

That $10 may buy her a comfy shirt or PJ’s…or maybe when she’s out shopping with our staff she’ll see a stuffed animal she falls in love with and wants to take back to her room.

So, what does a $10 sponsorship do? It immediately starts the healing process and helps one of our best healers - "girls best friend".

And, that $10, when added to the hundreds of other people also giving $10 per month, becomes an unstoppable flow that heals the hundreds of girls and young women we serve every year.

And, if $10 can do THAT, imagine what $100 can do!

Bottom line – monthly sponsorships make a difference. 

So, why not try sponsoring a therapy dog and helping support girls after they have been recovered out of human trafficking?

What better gift than to walk alongside a girl who is recovering from the horrible abuse of human trafficking.

Any amount is appreciated and every amount goes 100% directly to help the girls heal. All of our overhead costs are covered by a private foundation grant.

Try a monthly sponsorship to sponsor a therapy dog and help girls heal today!

Important Privacy Note – When you sponsor a therapy dog and help girls heal, you will receive details about the journey that some of the therapy dogs and some of the girls take as they walk through the healing journey at the Phoenix Dream Center. We ask that you never share the details that you are sent. Most of the girls we serve have an open FBI, Homeland Security, or police investigation against their traffickers, so no one’s personal identity can ever be compromised including real names, pictures, or details that would affect their police case.  We have also taken great measures to conceal the identity of any girl you are sponsoring. Any stories or details we share are based on true stories and actual events as they are related to us by the girls who have shared them with us. But any details that may jeopardize a girl’s safety will be altered or not shared in order to protect the girl. Optionally, you can also sign up for mentor training to mentor a girl after she has completed the healing program. You would then meet her as you joined her mentor team. Mentoring is not required for monthly sponsorships. You will however get videos and photos of some of the therapy dogs and even chances to meet them (if you're in Phoenix). 

What girls who have already been sponsored are saying...

"This guy trafficked me starting at 16 years old. When the police finally got me out I needed to come to a place like the Phoenix Dream Center to get better.  They've given me so many amazing opportunities and resources. You won't find any other places likes this...I mean this place like saved my life."


"I ran away from home at 17 and an older man took me into his house. It turned bad and he started locking me in the bathroom and telling me when I could eat. The SWAT team raided his house and brought me to the Phoenix Dream Center. I made a lot of friends at the Dream Center and I got my high school diploma. First thing I ever accomplished." 


"At the age of 14 they put me out on the streets day and night. I would bring the money back to them. I got beat, I got raped, it was terrible. When I got away a school counselor called the Phoenix Dream Center and they took me in the same day. I was pregnant and they helped me and my baby have a life."


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What You Get When You Sponsor A Therapy Dog...

  • You will receive an email introduction video to your therapy dog
  • You will also get weekly updates on the activities that your therapy dog is involved in including their day-to-day activities that help survivors of human trafficking heal
  • You will also get details about the human trafficking survivors that your dog is helping to heal as they move through the healing program to restore their lives
  • You will also get information about special occasions and celebrations that your dog helped the survivors of human trafficking achieve

Choose your monthly sponsorship level here. All sponsorship levels are eligible for IRS tax deductions.

100% of your donation goes directly to support the therapy dogs as they help girls heal from human trafficking. Our administrative overhead costs are all covered by business revenue and a private foundation grant.

And, here’s some more good news – in Arizona your donation is eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and you can get $800 in state tax credits for couples filing jointly and singles can get up to $400 in AZ Charitable Tax Credits.

The Phoenix Dream Center is an Arizona nonprofit organization in excellent standing with the IRS since 2002.

We're committed to Stopping Human Trafficking, Ending Childhood Hunger and Breaking Cycles of Addiction.

Address: 3210 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Phone: 866-237-1962

EIN # 86-1001113

AZ Tax ID # 20061

Behavioral Health License # OTC11834

Email: [email protected]

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