Service dogs help military veterans suffering from PTSD in ways that other therapies cannot. That’s why our Service Dog Salute campaign is once again focused on supporting the lives and training of more service dogs — so that every veteran in need has an opportunity to benefit from this unique bond.
See how service dogs transform the lives of veterans and their families.
*From 9/1/2019 to 11/1/2019, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company will donate five cents from each purchase of specially-marked bags of Dog Chow Complete Adult
to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), up to $100,000.
Just like those of us at Purina® Dog Chow®, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) believes that dogs are much more than pets. They are loving, loyal creatures with unique abilities that enhance human lives. And it’s this powerful dynamic that encouraged ARF to focus on the unconditional love and healing potential of recued dogs and bring them to people in need.
Supporting their motto of “Saving Both Ends of the Leash,” ARF has given new life to nearly 40,000 dogs and cats. But ARF doesn’t simply rescue animals. They support and train rescued animals, to in turn, help rescue people. And their eight-year-old Pets & Vets program is no exception.
For its Pets and Vets program, ARF pairs qualifying military veterans with shelter dogs selected for their potential as service animals, regardless of history or breed mix. Starting over together, these veteran-dog teams are guided by skilled trainers to graduate as service dog teams. At home and in training classes, these exemplary dogs are able to help veterans cope with isolation by providing stability, companionship, and an avenue to building relationships.