Local non-profit trains rescue dogs to become service dogs for veterans

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local non-profit organization rescues dogs from local shelters and trains them to become service dogs for combat veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD.

Shelter to Soldier provides service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences.

PTSD is the most common diagnosis among military service members. The effects of it last far beyond their service. In fact, 20 U.S. veterans and 1 active duty service member are lost to suicide each year.

Furthermore, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters, and more than half of those animals are dogs.

Through Shelter to Soldier, rescued dogs go through a lengthy training program that lasts 12 to 18 months. They then get matched with a veteran, to help them live healthier and happier lives.

For more info: https://www.sheltertosoldier.org/.

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