News & Updates

We have recently changed our name to Canines for Christ of Southwest Ohio. We believe this better represents the areas we visit, and will help us in the future as we look to grow our outreach further out in the community.

As more and more facilities are opening back up after Covid, we are receiving many requests for volunteers. Please check our Events Schedule page for all the locations and information.

Prayer Team

As a faith based ministry, Canines for Christ of Southwest Ohio brings comfort, compassion and unconditional love to many through our beloved pets.

A prayer chain is an exciting ministry opportunity that doesn’t require any special talent or a lot of time. All that you need is a heart for the Lord and His people no matter their station in life. Everyone has needs whether it is health, financial or other life challenges that may seem insurmountable. Prayer can unlock many doors that may appear closed to us, but can be opened through the love of our mighty and faithful Lord. A prayer chain is a specific type of prayer ministry consisting of a group of people willing to pray when the chain is activated by one or more of its’ members.

The requirements for becoming an active participant in the prayer chain consists of compassion for people, expectation through the power of prayer, commitment to prayer and sacrifice through time when the prayer chain is activated for specific requests. To maintain continuity and effectiveness, a team leader will be appointed to coordinate the prayer chain team.

Should this ministry be of interest to you, please let us know by contacting John Connor at We welcome your comments and any suggestions that you wish to share. There is some additional information on the flyer provided in the files section at the very bottom of this page.

AKC Therapy Dog Organization

Canines for Christ of Southwest Ohio is listed on the American Kennel Club's website under Therapy Dog Organizations. All dogs that pass the Canine Good Citizen test are eligible to receive the AKC Therapy Dog title. You can find us listed on the AKC website by going to and searching under Therapy Dog Organizations. At this point you will need to search under our old name (Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati) in order to find us at the American Kennel Club. We are working with them to change our name in their system.

Dues Payments

In order to reduce time spent bookkeeping by our volunteers, we are changing our dues structure so that payments will be due each February. This applies to anyone that joined prior to June of 2017. If you have questions you can contact Steve Bader or Diana Dawson (Contact Information) for more details. Annual membership dues are $50. This helps us to cover our insurance premiums and cost to attend events. Your dues payment ensures that you are a member in good standing so that if you have a problem on a therapy visit you will be covered by our liability insurance. To request information on submitting your payment, please contact Steve Bader or Diana Dawson (Contact Information ).

CFC Rewards Program - "Cause for Paws"

Canines for Christ of Southwest Ohio would like to introduce our new rewards program, “Cause for Paws." This is an effort to reward volunteers who make things happen in our organization and at the same time encourage others to participate.

So we would like to have “cause” to give “paws." The paws will be the currency you can earn and redeem for merchandise or towards your annual dues (up to $25). The “Paws” will given in increments of $5, and will be good for 2 years after issue. The rewards can only be given by a CFC board member.

You can earn "Paws" by:

Completing 6 months of visits (at least 2 per month)

Working a shift in a CFC event booth (at least 2 hours)

Referring someone to CFC

Setting up a new facility to visit by CFC members.

Being an approved mentor for new members

Assist in training class

Conduct a training class (10 paws for 8 week cycle)

Conduct or participate in CFC educational event.

Obtain AKC Evaluator status

This program will start on a trial basis for 1 year. So please take advantage of it.


Steve Bader

(Posted 10/8/15)