Thanks to a joint effort between two organizations, homeless shelter dogs will have the opportunity to be rescued and then trained to help combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The ‘From Shelter to Service’ program is being headed up by the Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization and the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.
According to a press release from the non-profit rescue agency, once an eligible dog is rescued, Paw Prints in the Sand will provide medical care and sterilization as needed prior to a dog entering the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation’s training program.
Thousands of veterans struggle with PTSD or TBI – the conditions can result in a multitude of problems, including sleeplessness, depression, anger, anxiety and isolation. The goal is to help some of the estimated 3.9 million homeless dogs find their way out of the shelter system and into training in order to help the veterans who need it the most.
“We have always been dedicated to reducing shelter overpopulation, but felt that we could always do more,” stated Kelly Reeves, president of Paw Prints in the Sand. “When the opportunity to work with the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation presented itself, we didn’t hesitate to jump on board. The work Tom and his team do for our veterans is nothing short of amazing and gives us the opportunity to save more lives- both humans and dogs.”
Tom Tackett, founder of the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, added:
“Every day, 22 of our nation’s heroes take their own lives due to the effects of PTSD and TBI. This is unconscionable for America- the world’s greatest nation. Aligning with Paw Prints in the Sand will better our respective efforts to reduce the unfortunate numbers that we are fighting against.”