Pets for Vets, Inc.

Pets for Vets, Inc.

Alfred and Louie
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Alfred and Louie
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David Holsten

To help Veterans transition to civilian life, we adopt and train shelter pets to match with servicemen and women who could benefit from having a custom trained working animal. Louie, a black Labrador mix, and Alfred, a Cargo Specialist in the Air Force from 1981 until 1986, are a perfect example. Louie loves to take his time on walks, checking out the sights, sounds and smells and has quickly become Alfred’s “best friend”! Louie is a quiet dog, rarely barking, loves people of all ages and especially loves being physically close to Alfred. Louie, selected from a local shelter, had a wonderful temperament but skin issues. After several weeks of special food and medical treatment, Louie was in perfect health with a beautiful coat and ready to be matched with Alfred. Alfred said, “I have met many people at home because of Louie, everyone thinks he's beautiful and such a good dog, so they come and ask about him and pet him. He loves the attention. I am so grateful and happy that you matched us together, wherever I go, he is 2 steps behind me or sits right underneath me or in my line of sight.” CFC helps us provide the program free of cost to all our Veteran clients, which includes training, veterinary care and a Welcome Package of needed equipment. With CFC’s help we are able to continue to support Alfred and Louie for the life of the match, ensuring an ongoing thank you to Alfred for his service!

Casey and Jazzy

My name is Casey Romero.
I am a Navy Veteran and the proud owner of Jazzy.
I had just been diagnosed with PTSD
and sometimes I would be afraid and I kind of let like I was in a shell
I needed a battle buddy.
Somebody that’s going to be there for me.
Honestly there’s no better option than a dog.
My name is Clarissa Black and I am the Founder and Executive Director of Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets is a national nonprofit
We rescue shelter dogs and match them with returning Veterans
to help with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, anxiety and depression
Before Jazzy it was a little different.
I didn’t have the same strength that I have nowadays.
Pets for Vets does an incredible job matching symptoms a vet might have
with a dog I am so grateful for.
Jazzy, she makes me feel secure, confident.
She makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

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