From left: Rottweiler Leah;

Philly Dog Rescue


[NATL-DGO] San Diego Family Set to Adopt One Dog, Leaves With TwoA new program in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley is helping to pair dogs who need a home with veterans who need a friend.

Lynda Cole just opened a new training facility for a program called Dog T.A.G.S. (Train, Assist, Guide and Serve), which matches rescue dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Service dogs can help with simple tasks and serve as a watchful eye. They are also comfort vets who suffer from night terrors or flashbacks, or who feel anxious in crowds.

"They’re your best friend, someone you can always count on, " said Cole. "They’re always there for you."

At the center, rescue dogs and their owners learn drills and practice being in public places, like a crowded airport or shopping mall. The dog’s job is to be a constant comforting presence for the combat veteran. For most, the program is free through the help of local non-profits raising money and is always looking for new candidates.

"If you have a brother, if you have an uncle or cousin who suffers from combat PTSD, now there’s help in the Lehigh Valley, " said Les Houck of Operation Lost & Found.

Interested veterans are encouraged to give the center a call, find a dog and start training.

"It’s so rewarding. You’ve helped. You’ve taken these guys from a point where they couldn’t handle a task to a point where they can, " said Cole. "There is no words to describe it. It’s awesome."



Share this article





Related Posts


Morkie Dog Rescue
Morkie Dog Rescue
All 4 Them Dog Rescue
All 4 Them Dog Rescue
Florida Big Dog Rescue
Florida Big Dog Rescue

Latest Posts
No Kill shelter Jacksonville FL
No Kill shelter…
Kamp Kritter rescue foundation is a nonprofit…
Puppies in Jacksonville FL
Puppies in Jacksonville…
Puppy Foundation is the most critical…
Broward County pets Adoption
Broward County…
The Humane Society of Broward County…
San Jacinto Animal Control
San Jacinto Animal…
Animal Friends of the Valleys provides…
Orlando SPCA
Orlando SPCA
When Kerri Burns took the helm of the…
Search
Featured posts
  • Morkie Dog Rescue
  • All 4 Them Dog Rescue
  • Florida Big Dog Rescue
  • Westchester Dog Rescue
  • Orange County Dog Rescue
  • Fort Lauderdale Dog Rescue
  • New York Dog Rescue Groups
  • Rescue dogs Suffolk
  • Oklahoma City Rescue dogs
Copyright © 2018 l www.starsofamelia.org. All rights reserved.