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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.”

Recent Projects

Save the Penguin from Extinction: Completed January 21, 2019

66,000 daily clicks funded this project – thank you!

Penguins are in danger. These adorable waddling creatures – a species of bird with flippers instead of wings – are facing immediate threats to their existence because of warming temperatures, melting sea ice, ocean pollution, and commercial fishing. If nothing is done, penguin populations will continue to decline at a rapid rate. Please click today to help save penguins from extinction!

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Give a Voice to a Non-Verbal Child: Completed January 18, 2019

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It is estimated that nearly 40% of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are non-verbal. The inability to effectively communicate the most basic of needs can be extremely frustrating and, in some cases, can even create serious safety risks for individuals who are non-verbal. The National Autism Association’s Give A Voice program provides a tablet with an intuitive voice-output communication app, which gives nonverbal children and young adults the ability to build phrases and sentences pictographically, which are then converted to audible speech. Please click today to give a voice!

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Provide Formula for 66 Kittens in Foster Care: Completed January 16, 2019

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During kitten season in South Florida, tens of thousands of stray kittens are born each month. These kittens often end up in overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded animal shelters that do not have the ability to house or care for them until they are adopted. Lumen L.S. is working to substantially decrease the euthanasia rate by rescuing as many kittens as they can. Please click today to help feed and care for kittens so they can have a second chance at life!

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Provide Portable Pharmacies to Vulnerable Communities: Completed January 14, 2019

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In rural Africa and Asia, access to healthcare is difficult, and even harder when war or natural disaster strikes. Doctor Travel Packs are like a portable pharmacy: full of pain killers, antibiotics, eye drops, ointments, creams, diuretics, water purification tablets and more. In war zones such as Yemen or in countries affected by the refugee crisis, Doctor Travel Packs can mean the difference between life or death. Please click today to provide critical medical supplies!

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Fund 9 Weeks of Research into Lost Species: Completed January 11, 2019

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All around the world, species of animals and plants have gone unseen for years or decades, and are feared possibly extinct. That’s why Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) launched the Search for Lost Species, the largest ever global quest to find and protect species that have not been seen in the wild in decades. Many of the ecosystems being researched face the risk of disappearing forever due to habitat destruction and degradation. The rediscovery of these species could stimulate the creation of protected areas that will not only safeguard these species, but countless others that depend on these very same habitats. Please click today to help fund 9 weeks of critical research!

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Send Comfort to Military War Dogs: Completed January 9, 2019

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GreaterGood.org’s Pets and Vets program is granting support to partners that are sending care packages to military war dogs throughout the world. When they’re out there on the front line, supplies like treats and enrichment toys can help to keep these heroes calm and comfortable, to improve their well-being, and help them do their job. Please click today to send comfort items to military war dogs!

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Protect 850 People from River Blindness: Completed January 7, 2019

68,000 daily clicks funded this project – thank you!

Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a public health epidemic affecting millions of people worldwide. It is found in 36 African countries, and is the second leading infectious cause of blindness. The yearly medication to kill the worms behind Onchocerciasis is difficult to obtain in Africa, but you can help. Please click today to help protect 850 people from river blindness!

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With so many simple, easy ways to be involved – from a free click to a direct donation that funds a specific program – your smallest actions online matter, creating real results at GreaterGood.

Already, your actions have given $30 million to nonprofit charities around the world since 1999. That means millions have received help and assistance because of your efforts: hungry families fed, pets rescued, rainforests saved, breast cancer caught and treated, children helped, and so much more.

What You Can Do: Small Actions, Big Results

We invite you to explore the network of great charities and good works that make up GreaterGood. Find the cause, program, or project that speaks to your passion for helping others and start making a difference today.

We believe that no good action is too small and, with all the new tools at our websites, together the results are greater than ever before. Make a daily click, sign a petition, donate what you can, shop where it matters, and help us spread the word. You can also visit us at our new store in the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Just like our online shops, every purchase gives back to a worthy cause!

Every day our community grows larger and the good that we have done together grows greater. Every day we’re adding new pieces to our story. , read our blogs, or join us on Facebook to learn even more about how your actions continue to make a difference daily.

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