A dog named Suzie works in a juvenile court in Louisiana, and Murch helps children testify in a Tennessee courthouse, according to The Dodo.
Merel was trained for almost two years to prepare her for her working life. The dog's training and preparation to get her working is valued at about $30,000. The yearly costs for the dog are about $5,000. The dog is provided by the group for free, however donations are needed to help pay the yearly costs of owning a dog.
Merel sees one or two children a day, according to CBC. And she is expected to work with about 150 children year.
"She's just a very calming presence," Crawford told CBC. "She doesn't move quickly, she doesn't make any noise. She's just there to provide comfort and support when they're having to come and face the task of testifying."