War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

 
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, what does it all mean? Crowded malls and excessive email ads for holiday stuff. 

This year, give something meaningful. A gift of unconditional love and companionship, love and life, a companion dog for a combat warrior suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You will also be giving the gift of life to a shelter dog in need of a loving home.

Your holiday donation to Canines With a Cause will support our important programs including prison-based dog training benefitting incarcerated women offenders and the veterans who receive a well trained dog, pawsitive partners "train the trainer" program, the "CWAC Comfort Crew", veterans training their dogs as therapy dogs to visit and comfort people in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living and support for those veterans who need medical help for the precious four-legged companions.

We appreciate your support and and thank you for giving us the chance to continue our important work. Canines With a Cause is very proud to have received a "Patriotism Award" this past Veterans Day for our work with veterans.

All the best in the new year!

Happy Holidays,

Cathy King 

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" Winston Churchill

Charlie
Charlie
Patriotism award
Patriotism award

On average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide daily in our country. Sadly, forty-nine active military women are raped every day. What can be done to prevent this travesty?

The Veterans Administration is over-whelmed and under staffed, as much as they are trying to keep up, new cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury grow daily.

What can you do to help? Spread the word, help advocacy groups like Canines With a Cause spread the word. Donate to help keep our services available for people in need who served to protect our country. The private sector needs to help an almost broken system.

Thank you for your support, the shelter dogs we train and place make a big difference in the lives of the veterans who adopt them. The dogs give unconditional, non-judgmental love and companionship, sometimes that can make the difference between life and death.

Please don't forget our veterans this Monday.

Sincerely,

Cathy King

Cody
Cody
Lucy
Lucy

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Cameron and Romeo
Cameron and Romeo

"I adopted a young yellow lab, through Canines With a Cause. At first, he was so crazy and hyper. I often considered returning him, and giving up being his forever home. His name is Romeo. He saved my life. Keeping him was like deciding to live. Suicide was no longer an option. I needed him. He needed me. We toughed it out. Now we are better friends then I could have ever imagined. I thank CWAC for saving Romeo from a shelter, and indirectly saving me from suicide."

Cameron contacted CWAC regarding getting a companion dog several years ago. Romeo seemed like a good fit, he was a young energetic Lab, perfect for an active, young man recently out of the service and getting on with his life. They attended training classes for a short while and seemed to be doing well, little did we know of Cameron's struggles with the young dog and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Thanks to the support of generous donors like you, CWAC will now be able to provide trained assistance dogs, free of charge, to qualified veterans. Our prison-based training program is ready to launch next month. Dogs will be saved from high-kill shelters, from there they will move into a local women's prison where they will live with two offenders who will train and take care of them. When they are able to pass certification testing and have appropriate skills and manners, they will be placed with veterans like Cameron. 

The benefits of the program are three-fold. The offenders learn responsibility and skills that can help with employment upon release (dog training and grooming). They are also given the opportunity to give something back to the community. Shelter dogs are rescued and trained to be special companions or assistance dogs for veterans and other individuals in need, and the recipients of the dogs benefit from their service, unconditional love and companionship.

Studies suggest dogs may actually be able to repair certain mental health issues thanks to their positive influence on human brain chemistry and function.

GlobalGiving is offering nine bonus awards (including a $3,000 and $2,000 prize!) to the projects that raise the most money from their supporters in the month of December, beginning at 12:01 am on December 1st. Projects must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors in order to qualify for a bonus award.

Please help us qualify for a bonus award. Your continued support allows us to expand and improve our programs benefitting those who have served and shelter dogs who deserve another chance.

Thank you,

Cathy King

Women inmates training dogs
Women inmates training dogs

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Shane & Titan
Shane & Titan

Titan was brought home as a puppy to help a young man recover from his heroin addiction. After several years and finding sobriety, the young man moved on with his life leaving Titan behind with parents who did not wish to keep him. Titan had become very attached to his family, as a big German Shepard who suffered with separation anxiety he would have a difficult time finding a new home in an animal shelter.

Luckily, one of the family members contacted Canines With a Cause regarding finding him a home with a veteran since he was unofficially a service dog. Titan's timing was good, one of the veterans in the program was interested in adopting a German Shepard . Shannon Ciccarelli, a CWAC trainer, picked up Titan and brought him to training class to meet his potential new partner.

Sadly, the adoption did not work out as the interested veteran attended school several hours a day and Titan could not be left alone due to his separation anxiety. Since he couldn't go back home, he went to the CWAC kennel to wait for his chance to find a new home; it didn't take long.

Several days later a call was received from a young woman interested in Titan as a companion for her brother Shane; a National Guardsman suffering from a serious accident. He had just lost a beloved companion who was also a German Shepard, he was living at home with his parents and had plenty of time to spend with Titan, they drove up to meet him that afternoon.

It was love at first sight, Titan snuggled up to Shane and we all knew she was the one to help him recover from his wounds. Once again, Titan would be a loyal companion to help his person recover, this time he would not be abandoned by the person he helped.

This happy-ever-after story is what makes our work so important, we hear them frequently. Your donations are the fuel that keeps our program going, helping people like Shane and dogs like Titan.

Thank you for your support.

Cathy King

Paul and Lady
Paul and Lady

Football was a very important part of Paul and his good friend Len's lives while growing up in Lakewood, CA. They joined the ROTC in high school, not a popular thing to do in 1972 as the country was still recovering from Vietnam. Other kids made fun of them when they wore their uniforms to school, but Paul defended "living in a free country", he joined the Army after graduation.

Paul spent 8 years in the Army, living all over the world, his time spent playing football in high school helped him with the mental toughness to survive. Although he had hoped to make the Army his career, he ended up in Long Beach working for a furniture store. 

Life doesn't always turn out as planned, after a broken marriage and series of odd jobs Paul ended up living on the streets. Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his years of serving, Paul was having problems coping with life. He eventually moved in with his sister and reconnected with his friend Len who was living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Len encouraged his friend to come to Utah. While at a Farmers Market they came across an information booth for Canines With a Cause. Volunteers explained how the shelter dogs in the program helped veterans cope with PTSD and enriched their lives. Paul missed having a dog in his life and eventually enrolled in the program and met Shannon Ciccarelli, the Dog Behavior and Placement manager at a local shelter to meet dogs. 

They met several dogs and none of them seem to connect until Shannon brought out Lady. She jumped into Paul's arms, it was a match made in heaven. Paul brought Lady home, happier than he had been in years. Sadly, what seemed to be kennel cough turned into pneumonia. Lady ended up in an emergency clinic fighting for her life.

Lady was a strong girl with a purpose, Paul and Len did not give up hope this girl would come home. Thanks to the wonderful team at the clinic and support from those who loved her, Lady survived and is working her magic with Paul. "Lady has given me back my friend and given Paul back his life" says Len.

Your generous ongoing support allows Canines With a Cause to help in situations like Lady's. The veterinary bills were over $1900, difficult for a veteran on disability to pay. Thanks to you, Paul's faith in mankind has been restored and a dog's life has been saved, another "happy ever after".

 

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Thank you again for all you do.

 

Heartfelt Gratitude,

Cathy King

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Cathy King

Park City, UT United States

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