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CASA got her nominated in the Thershe was emaciated and had recently
apy Dog of the Year category for the
had pups, but no pups were found."
American Humane Hero Dog Awards.
With Brandon's training and care,
After nearly a million votes were cast
the gentle poodle mix was ready to be
by animal lovers all across the United
loved and to love someone else again.
States, Lisa and her husband, Danny,
She came to her forever home in July
recently learned Olive was
2016 and began working
one of the seven remarkable
with Lisa in court in August.
dogs to be named as final"To date, Olive and I have
ists. Dog lovers everywhere
worked with a little more than
voted online until mid300 kids in Missouri," says the
Jefferson
September, when voting
CASA volunteer. "Obviously
City
was closed. A two-hour
we've done most court visits virspecial broadcast on
tually this year since the court
the Hallmark Channel is
hasn't allowed in-person hearslated to air this fall as part
ings. But we're still there for online
of the Adoption Ever After initiative to
hearings with children or whatever
help shelter pets find forever homes.
else is needed."
That's when the overall 2020 AmeriThe volunteer says once the judge
can Humane Hero Dog Award will be
assigns her and Olive to a case,
announced.
they're with the child until the case is
"The network has already filmed
settled or they reach the age of 18.
Olive in action, but we won't know the
Kids often have their lives turned
winner until October," Lisa says.
upside down when they are brought
Whether she takes the award as
into court. Without advocates like
the 2020 Hero Dog or not, Olive has
Lisa and Olive, they have no one else
won the hearts of many across Misto turn to.
souri and the nation.
Most of Olive's work is done out in
"Our mission is that no child ever
the courthouse hallway, where she
walk through those courtroom doors
patiently waits with the children. She
alone," Lisa says, giving Olive a hug.
helps them relax before heading into
"If we can be a constant in their life,
the often scary courtroom.
then we've made a huge difference to
"Olive seems to have a sixth sense
that child."
when it comes to kids," Lisa says. "If
she hears a baby cry, she's on the
hunt to see what's wrong. She's just
Follow Lisa and Olive at Olive Bax
drawn to them."
on Facebook.
Earlier this year, Olive's work with

is page cour

th
photos on

tesy Mary

How can I help?
Volunteer to become a
Court Appointed Special
Advocate! They're needed all
across Missouri.
To watch a video about
how to become a CASA
volunteer, go to youtu.be/
Y1R9nI-mZd4.
For more details on what
it takes to be a trained CASA
volunteer, check out www.
capitalcitycasa.org/volunteer
or call Capital City CASA at
573-893-2272.
Previous page: Lisa Groves Bax and her
adopted poodle mix, Olive, work as a team. They
are volunteers for Court Appointed Special
Advocates. The duo's job is to help advocate
for abused or neglected children currently in
the judicial system. Bottom left: Brandon
McMillan, animal trainer and host of the television
series "Lucky Dog" on CBS poses with Olive and
Lisa during a trip to Jefferson City this summer.
Brandon adopted Olive from an animal shelter
in Los Angeles and trained her as Lisa's CASA
partner. Bottom right: One of Olive's jobs is
to help calm children when they head to court.

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