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.
Live, Give PC
Lila and foster child