Meet Stephanie and her young Border Collie, Fly. Stephanie served in the Marine Corp and suffers from PTSD including anxiety attacks.
"The most important thing to me is my son. He’s only six years old and unfortunately has adopted the role as a service person to me. From calling 911 to telling people in a grocery store to back away from me while I have an anxiety attack, he has gladly accepted the role as I reluctantly watch with no choice. Seeing how my son has seen Fly react to my attacks, I have noticed a change in him. He understands it’s her job, backs off, and as a result has less stress. From comfort in petting Fly when I have high anxiety to the nudging, licking and pawing Fly does during an attack, she makes my life much more manageable. There really aren’t words to express my gratitude for you and your organization.”
This is just one of the "happy ever after" stories we hear everyday made possible by generous donors like you. It has been an amazing year, over 75 shelter dogs have been rescued and and placed with local Veterans, a winning situation for both.
We are looking forward to 2013 and growing our training programs to include dog training classes utilizing Veterans to train dogs for other Veterans in need. We will also be expanding the program to include Veterans incarcerated in prison for non-violent crimes. This will provide a more intense program for the dogs and benefit the Vets as therapy, giving them a purpose and inspiration to integrate back to civilian life.
This month an anonymous donor is matching all recurring donations, give the gift that lasts all year long.
Please help us to continue our important work by making one donation to save two lives.
With Deepest Gratitude,
This Sunday, November 11th, is Veteran's Day. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans.
Every day should be Veterans Day. Every day we should thank the brave men and women who risked their lives so people living in The United States of America, and people of other nations, retain freedom. So many of these people return home with wounds that will never heal, their lives will never be the same.
Sparing the life of a shelter dog, making sure it is healthy with some good basic training, and placing it with a veteran in need of companionship is a small gift for those suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an invisible disease, you would never know by looking at someone how much they are suffering. It is also a disease of isolation, anxiety, depression, hyper-vigilance and difficulty sleeping. Men and women from WW2, Vietnam, The Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan suffer with PTSD, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children of these veterans also suffer, their lives and relationships changed forever.
If you know a vet, thank them for their service, if you see a vet on the street, thank them for their service. These special people need to know they are not forgotten, this Sunday and everyday.
Please make every day Veterans Day.
Alone, afraid, and pregnant, Alice was labeled aggressive and scheduled to be euthanized. Little did she know, her luck was getting ready to change because of just one person.
Meghan is a volunteer at the San Bernardino City Shelter, a shelter that kills over 18,000 animals per year due to lack of space and budget restrictions. The shelter is old, rat infested and always full. Meghan spends her days looking at faces that may never have a second chance for a loving home. She networks the healthy, adoptable dogs and cats, hoping to find a home or rescue group to take them in.
Although she was labeled aggressive, Meghan took the time to take Alice out of her kennel and spend some time with her, she found out that Alice was not aggressive, just scared and shy. Meghan took a photo of Alice and posted it on Facebook, asking for someone to please give this girl a chance. Thanks to the actions of one person, Alice got that chance.
Canines With a Cause (CWAC) was looking for a smaller German Sheppard mix for a veteran in the program, Alice seemed like a fit. She was rescued from the shelter and put in a boarding facility until she could hitch a ride to Utah. Luckily, Best Friends Animal Society had room on a “Pup My Ride” transport staying overnight at the CWAC facility and Alice was soon on her way.
Upon her arrival it was obvious Alice was ready to have pups. She soon left the facility to stay with Heather and Dr. Erickson and give birth to eight beautiful, chubby, healthy puppies.
Alice took a leave of absence from training in the CWAC program to nurture and raise the puppies, she was a wonderful mom. When the pups were old enough to find homes of their own, CWAC had a wait listing. Thanks again to Facebook, Alice and her brood had quite a following.
Thanks to the actions of one person, these puppies all have happy lives with families who love them.
Alice started training with local volunteers, she was still a little timid, but had made great progress living with the Erickson’s. Her body started to fill out and get healthy, her fur sleek and shiny, Alice was a beautiful German Sheppard.
When she was ready, Alice starting coming to class at Utah Valley University, training with a veteran and his family. The veteran had returned home from his final tour of duty with PTSD, working with the CWAC dogs and including his family was helping him deal with the stress of returning home and transiting back to everyday life.
It was at this class that Alice found her future partner, a veteran who served in both the Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. He fell in love with this amazing girl and soon they were training together. Alice now has the appropriate name of Valor, a name she truly deserves.
Because of one person, Valor now has a home of her own with a loving family and a war hero has a very special best friend.
Robert Harding joined the Army fresh out of high school because he felt a sense of duty to protect his family and nation after the 9-11 attack. While on patrol in a Humvee in Iraq, Robert sustained injuries from a roadside bomb.
By the time he returned home after his second combat tour, Robert was having nightmares every night, not sleeping for days. Robert was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a severe anxiety disorder characterized by nightmares, hyper-vigilance and flashbacks, an invisible wound.
Unfortunately, this is a story we hear all too often from the veterans reaching out to Canines With a Cause (CWAC) for the help, comfort and unconditional love that our shelter dogs bring them.
Thanks to the support of caring donors like you, CWAC has been able to expand our placement and train-the trainer program to three areas in Northern Utah.
Through the support of the VA Center in Provo, we have a wonderful space available at Utah Valley University for veterans to train their own service dogs and recently returned combat veterans to train for other veterans not able to participate due to physical restrictions.
Our program is going strong in Salt Lake City. To date, we have placed over 100 dogs from high-kill shelters in loving homes. Our vets are helping the dogs become more adoptable and find loving homes. Training the dogs gives the vets a sense of purpose and helps them transition back into civilian life, especially when the dog is being trained to help another veteran or special needs child.
Planning is currently underway for a program in the Ogden area, the need is great as Hill Air Force Base is located nearby and demand has been overwhelming. The vets living in this area have been commuting to Salt Lake City, difficult for those who rely on mass transit due to their PTSD.
Special Story!-Eight weeks ago one of our shelter dogs arrived from California ready to give birth. She was on death row in the San Bernardino shelter due to her condition and we just couldn't let this special girl and her babies die. Alice gave birth to eight fat, healthy CWAC-ette's, mom and babies are doing well.
In just a few days, CWAC has the opportunity to significantly increase our funding through the Global Giving Matching Day on June 13th. Starting at 12:01 am EDT GlobalGiving will match 50% of all donations made through www.globalgiving.org up to $1,000 per donor. Please get your donations in as matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT.
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We could not accomplish any of this without your support!
Starting at 12:00 am EDT on March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to make your much needed donations mean even more to our program. The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching.
As we expand our training program to accommodate the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the demand for dogs and training classes is increasing. This means more vet bills, more hours for trainers and more funds needed to keep our program afloat. Please take this opportunity to make your dollars go further for our country's veterans and the dogs that mean so much to them.
Thank you for your support,
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