War Vets Heal With the Help of Shelter Dogs

by Canines With a Cause
Mar 5, 2014

Second Chances-Thank you VMWare Employees!

Shelter Dogs
Shelter Dogs

Everyone deserves a second chance. Whether it's a combat veteran returning home to face starting life over dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ghosts of war, a prison inmate trying to make amends for a crime they committed due to unfortunate circumstances or a dog left alone in a shelter because the family lost their home due to foreclosure, death or divorce.

The programs of Canines With a Cause address these issues by bringing together shelter dogs and veterans, the veterans benefit from non-judgmental love and companionship from the dogs and dogs find loving homes. The dogs are trained by women incarcerated in the Utah State Prison system. They live and train with the inmates until they have obedience and training skills to assist their veteran.

The women inmates also benefit from the program. They not only acquire vocational skills like grooming and training dogs, they too receive love from the dogs. Living with and training dogs has proven beneficial for the long term success of inmates in society after they leave prison.

Corporate giving has made a significant difference in our ability to raise funds for our program through Global Giving. This has been especially been the case over the past few months thanks to generous support from employees of VMWare, a software company based in Palo Alto, CA.

Thanks to socially concise VMWare employees, Canines With a Cause has been able to expand the number of dogs in our program, vetting them for their time in prison and ultimately with their new veteran. We would like to send out a special THANKS to these generous people and the VMWare management. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and giving these people and dogs a second chance.


Cathy King

Veteran training dog
Veteran training dog
Jack & family in training
Jack & family in training



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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
$330,450 raised of $500,000 goal
7,226 donations
$169,551 to go
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