War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

by Canines With a Cause
Jul 29, 2013

Changing Two Lives

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


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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
$330,374 raised of $500,000 goal
7,224 donations
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