PBS’s NextAvenue.org published an article about the growing number of opportunities nationwide for Veterans to receive psychiatric service dogs for the service-related trauma. Among the programs featured was Joybound’s Shelter to Service program! Our CEO Susan Lee Vick and longtime, dedicated volunteer Sue Andrews are quoted about our unique service dog program, which pairs shelter dogs with Veterans for training — at no cost to the Veteran.

Among the topics discussed in the article was the need for fosters for future service dogs, a need which is larger now than ever before. Our Shelter to Service fosters host a dog for twelve weeks while working on basic training and socialization to prepare them for their next steps with their future Veteran handler. By helping a dog with an uncertain future and a Veteran with service-related trauma, we’re truly Saving Both Ends of the Leash®.

If you’re interested in fostering one of these specially-selected shelter dogs, please sign up for an upcoming foster orientation session.

“We expect to nationalize this program and partner with local shelters to help place dogs into becoming ‘Shelter to Service’ dogs or Veteran emotional support animals or pet dogs.”

Susan Lee Vick, CEO

Posted: 4/10/24

Last updated: 4/10/24

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