The Stink Bug Project is a program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation and supports families who have a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Partnering with the Prison-Trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries, the Stink Bug Project matches well-trained, loving companion dogs with families throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
These families often face frightening challenges and tentative futures. Adopting a Stink Bug dog can help distract and reduce fear and stress for patients and their families, particularly siblings, who tend to get lost in the shuffle during difficult times. Finding a best friend during such times has proven to make a big difference—for the entire family.
Please note that Stink Bug dogs are meant to be pets, not service dogs or medical alert dogs. The K-9 Companion Prison Training Program produces sweet, obedient and responsive animals, but they do not train dogs for special medical services.
Meet Allison and Coco
Kids in the hospital can get lonely. I know, since I am a cancer survivor. Just before my last chemo treatment, I drew a picture of a stink bug. That stink bug became my metaphor for chemo and cancer going away. I started the Stink Bug Project because I wanted kids with serious medical conditions to have a dog, a best friend, to help them feel better and get them through their stink bug.
—Allison, Stink Bug Project founder with Coco