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Help 3 Veterans Adopt Shelter Dogs

FUNDED February 23 2018 – Thank You!

Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, reducing stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms experienced by many serving in the military. Pets for Vets provides a second chance for both our returning veterans and needy shelter dogs. These animals can make excellent companions and our brave soldiers receive a second chance at health and happiness. The bonds of friendship formed between man and animal have the power to ease the suffering of our troops when they return from overseas.

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Conventional treatment was not helping Sergeant Renteria deal with his symptoms of PTSD and TBI after his deployment to Iraq as an infantry soldier. He knew he needed something more than medication and intermittent therapy sessions. PTSD left Adam feeling isolated, being out in public would cause him to have severe panic attacks, rooftops and windows still seemed like places for snipers to hide, walking around corners caused severe anxiety, debilitating nightmares made sleep impossible and noises reminded him of the war zone he had just left.

Adam needed someone he could rely on, someone who could make him feel protected in public and allow him to not isolate himself by staying inside any more. Pets for Vets found Rakassan, a Jindo mix at a local shelter, with a sharp intelligence. He excelled at his training, learning new behaviors to help with PTSD very quickly, but took more time to get used to an outside environment. When they met for the first time, Rakassan climbed up on the couch next to Adam and nestled in next to him.

Since then they have become inseparable, Rakassan is in-tune to Adam’s every move: sleeping with him at night which eases his nightmares, being vigilant to their surroundings so Adam does not have to be, and even helping Adam feel comfortable in public. Adam now enjoys going on outings, including to his son’s baseball games. Adam has said, “Clarissa is my angel, she found the most perfect dog for me. I would not have been able to pick out a dog that was better suited to me. Rakassan and Pets for Vets saved my life.”

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Provide 3 Years of Clean Water for a School in Laos: Completed August 15, 2018

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In the country of Laos, pneumonia and diarrhea are the #1 & #2 killers of children under the age of five years old. These illnesses, which are highly preventable, decrease significantly when children have access to clean drinking water and soap for washing their hands at school. Please click today to help us provide three years-worth of clean water to a primary school in Laos.

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Free Fah Mui from a Life in Chains: Completed August 13, 2018

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Fah Mui was born in southern Thailand. The first 50 years of her life were spent working for a logging camp, at which point she was sold to a new owner who used her for tourist rides. If there were no tourists, Fah Mui was put back to work pulling logs. Fah Mui, a wild elephant, has been put to work her whole life. She deserves to live the rest of her life in peace, in a sanctuary. Help us rescue Fah Mui, give her the medical treatment she needs, and give her a home where she can roam freely. Please click today to help us save her!

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Support Diabetes Care in the Navajo Nation: Completed August 10, 2018

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Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with greater numbers diagnosed with each passing year. For diabetics, monitoring blood sugar levels is the first step to controlling diabetes. But for the poor, the cost of strips often prevents doing this simple step. Please click today to help provide critical diabetes care in the Navajo Nation, where the rate of diabetes is up to three times higher than the US average.

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Send Vaccines and Bedding to 22 Shelter Cats: Completed August 8, 2018

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Providing food, vaccinations, bedding, and enrichment for cats is a costly endeavor for animal shelters across the country. Due to the high cost of these basic necessities, shelters often have to limit the number of cats that they can save and provide homes for. A soft bed and a full belly can go a long way for the well-being of shelter cats. Your clicks alone can provide bowls of cat food, warm beds, and vaccinations for shelter cats in need!

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Help Refugee Youth Restore the Environment: Completed August 6, 2018

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Across the globe, we are experiencing humanitarian and environmental challenges that affect the health and well-being of people and the planet alike. Youth Outdoor Experience takes students through diverse ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert region of Southern Arizona, where they receive a hands-on environmental education experience. These journeys teach children environmental stewardship practices as well as community action leadership. Please click today to help fund these vital educational experiences!

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Help Shelter Dogs Escape the Heat: Completed August 3, 2018

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Currently, the Rescate Fenix shelter in Sonora, Mexico has to keep their rescued dogs outside. There is no paved or shaded area, so the dogs must either sit or lay on dirt ground, with neither sun nor rain protection. Summer temperatures can reach 115 degrees, and during the rainy season, mud and wetness increase skin problems and medical issues in a cycle of misery. To protect these poor dogs from extreme weather, to allow their skin ailments to heal, and to provide both desperately needed comfort and enrichment, Rescate Fenix is hoping to construct Salas, shade structures elevated from the ground. Please click today to help build these structures, and give better lives to these dogs!

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Send a Child in Haiti to School for One Year: Completed August 1, 2018

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Decades of natural disasters and political turmoil have depleted Haiti of an educated workforce. As a result, few teachers in Haiti receive formal training. Without a secondary education, a young Haitian is unable to find a good job or attend college. And so the cycle of poverty continues. Please click today to help send a Haitian child to school for a year!

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