GLPS Facility Dog Program

Gravy at Birthday Party


GLPS Facility Dog Program

GLPS Facility Dog Program and Canines for Change

The Grand Ledge Public Schools Facility Dog Program was started and continues in collaboration with Canines for Change, and GLPS has placed a facility dog in every school building.


What is a facility dog?

Facility dogs are working dogs that have been trained to help multiple people in a facility like a hospital, nursing home, or school.  Facility dogs are like therapy dogs except instead of traveling to different locations, they work in the same place every day. 


What will the facility dogs do in our schools?

Our facility dogs will be available to staff and students who wish to interact with them in different ways such as reading, practicing math facts, or just cuddling and spending time. Our facility dogs can also be utilized for PT exercises, breaks, crisis intervention, communication, and friendship building among many other things.



photo comingAbu works at Delta Center Elementary, and teacher Kim Wheat is Abu's host.



Alfie with Jill FordAlfie works at Willow Ridge Elementary, and teacher Jill Ford is Alfie's host.


Clover and LauraClover works at the Sawdon Administration Building, and the business office's accounts payable technician Laura Konen is Clover's host.

Clover welcomes all


Diesel with Katie GregoryDiesel works at Holbrook Elementary, and teacher Katie Gregory is Diesel's host.

Diesel with Winkie


Gravy works at Grand Ledge High School, and dean of students Maria Capra is Gravy's host.


Gravy at birthday party


Gretyl and Lisa HenningGretl works at Beagle Middle School, and teacher Gillian Eisenbraun is Gretl's host.  Gretl is our most tech-savvy facility dog with her own Instagram account: gretl.glcomets.  


Lucy at her birthday partyLucy works at Delta Mills & Neff Early Childhood Centers, and teaching assistant Vicky Campos-Rodriguez is Lucy's host.

Lucy was in a segment on Fox 47 News, highlighting her support of the MSU community.




Sandee with Sara TaylorSandee works at Wacousta Elementary, and Dean of Students Sara Taylor is Sandee's host.  Sandee is a standard poodle and has had extensive training for his job. Sandee began working at Wacousta in the fall of 2021. Sandee is available for staff to sign up for classroom and individual visits. All students and staff will have a lesson on how to interact with Sandee at the start of the school year. 

Sandee reading with kids

Sandee with kids


Sheldon in the classroom with teacher Jeff PalaciosSheldon works at Hayes Intermediate School, and teacher Jeff Palacios is Sheldon's host.



Facility Dog Program

Bill Albrecht
Bill Albrecht
Facility Dog Program Coordinator

(517) 925-5480 » Holbrook Elementary Office; Bill Albrecht is also the Principal at Holbrook


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