Shelter to Soldier™ is a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Every day, 17 US veterans and 1 active duty service member are lost to suicide.
Every year, our nation sees approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters. More than half of those animals are dogs, at 3.9 million every year. This year alone, 1.2 million dogs will be euthanized due to space, behavioral problems, or medical complications. Many great dogs are often overlooked at shelters and Shelter to Soldier provides these dogs a life of purpose and a forever home with a veteran in need.
Wishlist items support the 26 service dogs in training who are residents of the Shelter to Soldier campus for the duration of their 12-18 month training program. Treats support their training process, chew bones provide enrichment to the dogs during resting time, and care items promote their health and longevity with their veteran handler.