Rescued Shelter Dogs Help Veterans with PTSD


Nearly 4 million dogs enter animal shelters each year in the United States.  A happy fate for these homeless dogs is not always guaranteed, with adoption rates barely topping euthanasia rates nationwide (35% to 31%).  What could be a better way to save the lives of shelter dogs than to rescue them and train them to become service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other issues related to psychological trauma?  The suicide rate for both veterans and active duty military is at an all-time high.  Imagine being able to save the life of a shelter dog and a veteran at the same time!



Shelter to Soldier is a San Diego-based non-profit that is dedicated to this mission.  Their expert dog trainers visit local shelters and evaluate dogs for their potential to become service dogs.  The dogs are adopted and trained over the course of many months, and then matched with a veteran in need who has also gone through a course of training.


Interested in learning more about this great program?  Check out this heartwarming video:



Images via Shelter to Soldier Facebook page.


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  • Kyrie Bloem
    Kyrie Bloem

    Thank you so much for the wonderful post highlighting our program. We appreciate the great work you are doing to advocate for causes like ours and so many others!

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