Sign In

Jax Brings Comfort

September 21, 2020

No parent should ever have to experience the pain of losing a child.

In Citrus County, a locally founded organization is available as a source of comfort for those who have suffered this unimaginable loss.

Footprints on my Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides services to parents and their families who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal, or infant loss.

Founder and president of Footprints on my Heart, Raynna Hammon, created this organization for families and women like her who experienced this tragedy and could not find available resources to endure the struggle.
“The whole reason we founded Footprints on my Heart was to help people in our community that are going through exactly what my husband and I went through,” Hammon said. “We couldn’t find the resources we needed. So, we gathered everything we learned through our loss to share it with families so they don’t have to struggle as much as we had to.”

Hammon has worked hard to cultivate an environment that provides tools and comfort to those families in need. Through this, she has made deep connections and had an unforgettable impact on many lives.

Recently, Footprints on my Heart was donated a golden retriever puppy from one of the “lost families” helped by this organization.

Jax, named after the inspiration behind this organization, Jaxon, was donated in memory of baby Carson-Riley and baby Rayne and will be fully trained as a therapy dog.

“Having Jax around will bring people comfort during difficult times,” Hammon said. “Plus, who doesn’t want to love on a puppy?”

Once trained, he will be able to attend events for the organization and allowed access to hospitals to assist lost families on another level. Jax will allow the group more opportunities to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss.

“We’ve been able to be there in the hospitals to help these families,” Hammon said. “It’s a healing process. When you speak up about what you’re going through, it helps to make you feel not so alone. It helps me heal every time I share my story.”

Although suffering an indescribable loss, Hammon and her husband have been able to share a light with families during dark times of their own by the founding of Footprints on my Heart.

“We’re taking our tragedy and trying to turn it around so others know they are not alone,” Hammon said. “It keeps my son’s legacy alive. This loss wasn’t for nothing.”

Register your Dog Schedule a Visit

  • Recent News

    Pet Therapy Program

    Saturday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day, which this year has a new sense of urgency for many. Covid-19 has taken a mental and emotional toll on healthcare workers across the U.S but there is a program boosting the spirits of doctors and nurses on the frontlines. At UC Irvine Medical Center in Southern […]

    Read more

    AMR Therapy Dog

    Rampart, a therapy dog with American Medical Response San Bernardino County, recently passed his Certified Therapy Dog exam. AMR acquired Rampart, a 1½-year-old goldendoodle, when he was 10 weeks old. Rampart started basic obedience classes when he was 4 months old and continued through advanced obedience classes, according to a news release. When he was […]

    Read more

    Workers Get Canine Interactions

    It was a long, boring spring and summer for the four-footed members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, who couldn’t visit nursing homes and hospitals giving tail wags and doggy smiles. The coronavirus paused the professional canine therapeutic interactions with patients and hospital workers. “You could actually see him falling into a depression at home,” said Wendy Kadish of […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Program

    An initiative by Cyndy Caravelis, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina University, will include a pilot program to use a therapy dog to aid domestic violence victims and their families in Jackson County. Caravelis’ German shepherd Atlas will escort victims and family members into court procedures and stay with children while […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogs Working With Staff

    After a pause due to COVID-19, the St. John Ambulance Abbotsford therapy dog team recently returned to visit staff at several different correctional facilities in the Fraser Valley. The PAWS inside program originally began at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women five years ago and started off by providing services to inmates. Last year, the […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Bringing Comfort

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has a special K-9 who plays an important role. While most K-9s help in crime scenes and investigations, Comfort Caj is crime therapy dog and brings smiles to the community and the sheriff’s office. “He really brings a light and energy to this whole building, that you can’t fathom, you […]

    Read more

    Montgomery County's Therapy Dog

    Montgomery County has a new tool to help give crime victims some support. That tool’s name is Zurg. Zurg is the new therapy dog for the Montgomery County district attorney’s office. Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey introduced Zurg as the newest member of the team Monday. Coming from Canine Companions for Independence, Zurg will […]

    Read more