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Shelter Dogs to Help Veterans

Shelter Dogs to Help Veterans

The United States House of Representatives has passed a wonderful bill called the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act.

The bill establishes a program where shelter dogs receive training from service members suffering from PTSD. The shelter dogs, once trained, will then go on to become service dogs for disabled veterans. It’s a win win situation for all involved.

“When more and more servicemen and women are returning from overseas with PTSD and other injuries, this bill will allow for our veterans to get the therapy and assistance they need and will give some worthy shelter dogs very good homes.” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. The ASPCA offers an Advocacy Brigade to help support humane legislation, such as this bill.

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act was introduced by Rep. Grimm of New York, who is also a veteran. The bill passed unanimously. To read a more about the bill and how you can get involved with humane legislation such as this, please visit the ASPCA website.

 

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5:52AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

We can learn a lot about love and loyalty from our furry family. I for one, would like to give them all the support I can.

2:51AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

This is how wonderful our furry friends are

5:16AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

This is indeed a win win situation here; animals love us so unconditionaly and the veterans that are suffering will now have an animal that they can love and be loved back; wonderful idea!

1:32AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I am a veteran and I had some major problems when I returned home, i didn't feel I deserved love I felt I was a monster. Make a long story short I was told about the program and decided to give it a shot, it changed my life, no it gave me my life back a small bundle of fur did for me what no therapist ever could. Here is the most innocent creature and it loved me unconditionally when I felt i didn't deserved to be loved, I felt reborn all thanks to animals

3:54PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

That's awesome!

11:04AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

What a fantastic idea!!! All dogs deserve a 2nd chance at happiness. They sure can teach their human companions a thing or two!!!!

7:17AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

I am so thrilled to hear this !!!

10:19PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

good dog!

5:21AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

This is wonderful. These days, good news is so hard to come by. Thanks for posting.

5:08AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

AWESOME!!!!!

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