"Before they answer your question they'll pet the dog, they'll relax a little bit, you can just see it, and then they'll answer the question," Schaffer said.
Wendi Mitzel, member of KPETS, based in Lancaster, Pa., said she has seen victims who have totally shut down because of the trauma they've experienced, but after bringing the dogs to them, they open up.
"It's very stressful for these kids. They've been abused, they've gone through a lot of trauma, so they're a little stressed about having to testify against their abuser or offender," Mitzel said. "So we just come in and we try to let the dogs help alleviate some of the stress about having to testify."
The pets have helped victims in three cases in the county since November.
The dogs can't go into the courtroom with the children, but just knowing that they're waiting outside for them goes a long way, Mitzel said.
"You provide an invaluable service to us and to the citizens of this county," Barnes said.
"Especially the kind of cases that you help us with, they're the cases with the most vulnerable victims, they're the cases with victims that have typically been traumatized more than any other normal victim and they live with this the rest of their lives, many of them."
The therapy dogs and bikers help children of abuse attempt to move forward from the traumatic experiences they've gone through, Schaffer said.
"We're never going to change what happened to these children, it's horrible, why they're here is horrible," Schaffer said. "But what [the volunteers] do is they add a little bit so it's not such an unpleasant thing to move on to the next step of their healing process."