War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

by Canines With a Cause
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As 2016 comes to an end, Canines With a Cause would like to thank you for your support, we could not sustain our life-saving programs without caring, generous people like you. Here are some highlights of the past year:

The National Center on Veteran Studies at the University of Utah is approaching their second year studying and documenting results of Veteran/dog interaction. CWAC will use the results of these studies for future program expansion and grants.
CWAC recently partnered with Utah Correctional Institute (UCI); our inmate trainers are now compensated for dog training with program expansion into the men’s facilities. We anticipate an on-site building in 2017, where our trainers will live and train, away from other inmates and distractions. This program expansion will increase the number of dogs rescued and trained for our life-saving programs.
We anticipate having dogs in all Utah State Prisons by 2019 and have plans with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to base a large training facility in the Gunnison Prison, with the purpose of training dogs for CWAC’s programs. This expansion will allow CWAC to rescue dogs deemed “unadoptable”; prisoners will work with these dogs and help improve any issues that would usually mean a death sentence.
What’s more, our “Pal With Paws” program will expand our ability to rescue dogs from local shelters, while improving the lives of children who also suffer with PTSD. Our relationship with the Children's Justice Center is groundbreaking and we anticipate expanding to other centers in Utah.


A sustaining goal of Canines With a Cause is to educate people on the importance of companion animals as a resource. These animals heal emotional pain, are the eyes and ears for those who cannot see or hear, help Veterans transition back into family and civilian life, comfort a child and bring us joy just by wagging their tags and being our unconditional loving partners. We also strive to eradicate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals and find them loving homes helping their human counterparts along the way.

If you want to make a big impact for our GlobalGiving project before the end of 2016, start a new monthly donation by December 31st and a generous donor will match your initial gift 200%!

All the best in 2017!

Sincerely,

Cathy King

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Dear Friends,

As Veterans Day approaches, I have reflected back over the past few years, thinking of what your donations have meant to Canines With a Cause.

Because of donors like you, we were able to rescue, train and place shelter dogs with deserving veterans.

Your donation saved a dog from a likely death sentence.

Your donation has given a prison inmate the opportunity to give back to their community in a positive way.

 Your donation has made the life of a veteran with PTSD a life worth living.

One in four military veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones suffer from PTSD, depression, or anxiety. Soldiers return home with feelings of abandonment and often have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. The adjustment can include depression, substance abuse—and in the worse cases—violence and suicide.

As Veteran’s Day approaches, you may ask yourself:
• How can I make a difference?
• How can I thank a veteran?
• How can I support someone who is a true American Hero?

Please take a few minutes to re-visit this beautiful multi-media presentation of our Veterans, their faithful, furry companions and the incarcerated women who train them.  The photos and videos speak to the bond they share and the unconditional love that saves them all.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615224/Life--Liberty-Service-dogs-help-set-veterans-free-from-aftermath-of-war.html

Canines With a Cause is completely funded by generous donors like you. We do not receive a penny from the government. The cost to put a rescued dog with a veteran is approximately $5,000 per dog – this includes training, boarding, food, supplies, vaccinations, etc.

Your continued support helps save lives – 3 lives!
Dog
Inmate Veteran

Our goal is to put a service dog with every veteran that needs one. But we can’t do it alone. Let’s show these veterans our appreciation for their sacrifice.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Cathy King

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Ethan and Marshall
Ethan and Marshall

"Marshall is like the brother I never had"

Although the focus of Canines With a Cause is placing dogs with Veterans suffering with PTSD, we get calls from others in need of a dog for various reasons. We placed a dog with two children suffering with Spinal Bifida, the children fell in love with therapy dogs at the hospital and wanted one of their own. We also place dogs with children battling terminal and long term illnesses as comfort buddies, most of these children do not go to school or have social lives, the dogs are their best friends.

Ethan's grandparents reached out to CWAC in search of a dog for their grandson, they had just adopted him from years spent in foster homes. He had severe PTSD from years of abuse. The only time he felt safe was when he dreamed about a dog that protected him, he now has that dog. From his grandmother Mary:

We are so overwhelmed to have been given this wonderful dog. I mean this is the first time since his dad kidnapped him against a protective order in 2009, which is a story in and of itself, that he has slept well with no nightmares. We had a street name only in California and an Assistant Attorney General over child protection here in Utah. They closed down this street of apartments and police and swat searched door to door (helicopter, etc.) and they found Ethan and his siblings. We consider that the biggest blessing of our lives. Ethan still has severe trauma from a horrible predator and struggles through each therapy session. But he strives to maintain dignity and privacy about his past through it all. He and Marshall are inseparable now. As grandparents who have worked so hard to see him heal, you can imagine how emotional we are over this entire thing. What a devoted dog owner this boy is, they protect each other.

Marshall was found as a stray in Lindon, Utah, his family never came looking for him. Dr. Lynne came across him while assessing dogs for our prison based training program, she liked his disposition and brought him onto the program. He was a star student, we all knew he had a future but had no idea how important his role would be in changing the life of a young boy. Their first meeting was magical, the bond was there, they have been together ever since.

Can dogs heal, we think so, just ask Ethan and his grandparents. Thank you for helping to make this story possible, we could not do the important work we do without your support.

Sincerely,

Cathy

Ethan and Marshall
Ethan and Marshall

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Strut Your Mutt
Strut Your Mutt

"I love working with the dogs. It makes me feel how I used to feel...inside...before I went to combat".

Significant words from one of the Veterans participating in the Canines With a Cause (CWAC) dog-training program. The labors of our program ARE making a difference in the lives of Combat Veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

How does this program serve so many Veterans and rescue so many shelter dogs when CWAC receives no funding from the Veterans Administration or US Government? Because of caring people like you, our donors, volunteers, foster families and all of the other contributors who make it all possible. Canines With a Cause could not sustain the important programs we offer, free of charge to qualified Veterans without the support of generous, giving people.

Our foster families take in dogs fresh from the shelter, stinky and scared, they give them love, a warm bath and help them remember what it’s like to be in a home again. Safe and secure, they socialize with people, dogs, cats and the outside world. This process also helps the CWAC staff determine what program the dog is best suited for; moving on to partner with a Veteran, moving into the Utah Sate Prison to train for service work or just finding the right family to give them a forever home.

Foster families help our dogs make a very important transition; we appreciate their love, devotion and time. They also take care of dogs belonging to Veterans who need time away for medical reasons.

Katherine and Mary Ellen have been volunteering with CWAC since the inception of the organization. Every Tuesday they drive 45 minutes to the Utah State Prison to assist with classes for dogs living and training with inmates. Every Friday they drive 30 minutes to assist with classes for Veterans who are learning handling skills for their dogs in training. They are part of the heart and soul that makes this organization special.

Our volunteers walk dogs, help at fundraising and adoption events, transport dogs and Veterans who can no longer drive due to PTSD, host food drives, raise fund through workplace donations and so much more. They are one of the most important assets CWAC has, people who truly care.

Global Giving has been a large part of CWAC’s fundraising success since June of 2010. The support of donors through this giving site has enabled CWAC to service 100’s of Veterans and save 100’s of dogs over the years.

Donors like you are a part of our success story, part of our family. Your support helps us achieve our goals. Sometime it does take a village and CWAC is honored to have such a wonderful one.

We appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Cathy

Vail donation
Vail donation
Sephora employees
Sephora employees
Food donation
Food donation
Live, Give PC
Live, Give PC
Motorcycle Rally
Motorcycle Rally
Lila and foster child
Lila and foster child

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Sergio
Sergio

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” - Albert Camus

Social isolation is a problem with combat veterans returning home from Iraq and/or Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They tend to avoid people, friendships, social support, and emotional closeness. This escalates the on-going issues of loneliness and helplessness and ends up allowing more time to worry.

The unconditional love of a dog can be, in many situations, an answer. The dog doesn’t judge, or ask questions. It is simply there, providing a basic necessity that all of us yearn for – someone who loves us no matter what. The dog validates the veterans and gives them hope.

Canines With a Cause (CWAC) offers several programs for veterans to engage with dogs. The dogs in our program are rescued from local shelters, the veterans can relate as they know some of the dogs have seen their own war. Dogs receive some basic training in the Utah State Prison where they live and train with women inmates.

Dogs are then placed with veterans to continue their training, this creates a bond and partnership, the veterans learn how to be dog handlers. Leaving their homes and coming to class has proven beneficial for the veterans, no more isolation.

Moving into 2016, CWAC will be offering more programs to benefit veterans. Certified Dog Trainers are in demand, CWAC will be offering internship programs for veterans interested in learning dog training skills and getting needed hours of "hands on" training to work as trainers or start their own business. Helping other veterans is also a benefit.

All of our work is made possible because of your generous support, we couldn't save dogs or support our veterans without you.

Thank you!

Cathy King

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Canines With a Cause

Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.canineswithacause.org
Project Leader:
Cathy King
Park City, UT United States
$325,122 raised of $500,000 goal
 
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