aBOUT US

KIM
BISSING

President

SHANNON ZIELONKA

Vice President

Board of Directors

MELYSSA
ALLEN

Secretary

DR. JAMES YANTORNI

Treasurer

OUR MISSION

At Beyond the Leash Foundation, we are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our first responder communities through the transformative power of the human-animal bond by providing therapy K9s and animal-assisted activities to those in need. 

Our mission is rooted in the belief that the connection between humans and animals can bring about profound healing and support. Each Therapy K9 is carefully trained to offer comfort, companionship, and a sense of calm to first responders who face immense stress and trauma in their line of work.

Our programs encompass a variety of activities designed to promote mental health and wellness for first responders. Our Therapy K9s and their handlers receive specialized training tailored to the unique needs of individual departments and personnel, ensuring that each placement is meaningful and impactful.

Your Partner in Excellence

Whether through volunteering, donating, or spreading the word, your involvement can make a significant difference in the lives of our first responders. Together, we can create a community where the healing power of animals is recognized and cherished, offering hope and comfort to those who sacrifice so much for our safety and well-being!

We invite you to join us in this important mission...