War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

by Canines With a Cause
Sep 11, 2012

The Power of One

Alice plea on Facebook
Alice plea on Facebook

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.

Valor in training
Valor in training


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