Petco gives to Pets Loyal 2 Vets on Veterans Day
Today, throughout the country, nonprofit organizations are trying to fulfill the increasing number of requests from veterans for service dogs to help them meet the daily challenges faced after their tour of duty. A service dog supporting a veteran with physical disabilities is a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of the disability.
Service dogs can pick things up, guide a person with vision problems or help someone who falls or loses balance easily. With dogs that assist veterans with emotional disabilities, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the benefits can be less specific. According to the HABRI Foundation, research in animal assisted therapy shows that pets can play an important role in addressing symptoms of PTSD. In fact, the simple act of bonding with a pet elevates levels of the hormone oxytocin, also known as the “bonding hormone,” which is said to lower levels of anxiety and depression, helping to overcome anxiety and decrease heart rate. Because of these and other benefits, increased requests for trained canines continue to proliferate as veterans return from combat with emotional disorders daily. More service dogs are needed to assist our veterans.
The Petco Foundation is privileged to honor veterans with the announcement of $300,000 in grants awarded to organizations that train and place these service and support dogs with veterans. The nine organizations below will receive grants to increase the number of service dogs available to veterans in need:
- K9’s for Warriors (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
- Patriot Paws (Rockwall, TX)
- Paws for Purple Hearts (Rohnert Park, CA)
- Carolina Canines for Service (Wilmington, NC)
- Pets Loyal 2 Vets (Burnsville, MN)
- Soldier’s Best Friend (Glendale, AZ)
- Southeastern Guide Dogs (Palmetto, FL)
- Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas (Kerrville, Texas)
The above information was posted on the Petco.com web site