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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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Fund a Safe Birth for Two Refugee Babies: Completed October 19, 2018

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The Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand provides free healthcare for refugees, migrant workers, and families who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. The clinic provides a variety of health services as well as operates a school system for children of migrant workers. Nurses and midwives at the Mae Tao Clinic provide consultations to over 100,000 patients and deliver over 2,000 babies every year. They also provide nutritious meals to over 2,000 boarding students every day. Please click today to help support the clinic!

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Provide Job Training for Homeless Veterans: Completed October 17, 2018

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Many homeless veterans need a little extra help to get their lives back on track. As Veterans Village of San Diego so eloquently puts it: “A hand up, not a hand out.” Occupational therapy helps keep injuries such as the loss of a limb from preventing meaningful employment. Vocational training teaches new job skills and helps veterans apply skills they learned in the military to civilian life. You can make a difference by clicking today to support programs that help veterans return to leading a normal life.

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Spay/Neuter and Vaccinate 22 Street Dogs in India: Completed October 15, 2018

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Despite some of the strictest animal welfare laws in the world, India teems with animals on its streets, particularly dogs. With each litter born on the streets, canine overpopulation worsens, leading to malnutrition, untreated injuries, and the spread of disease, especially rabies. In cooperation with the local government, VSPCA vaccinates against rabies and spays or neuters loose dogs. Please click today to help the street dogs of India!

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Protect Vulnerable Species From Extinction: Completed October 12, 2018

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There are perhaps more than 10 million species that exist on Earth, of which only about 1.6 million have been identified. Plants and animals that depend on one another for their survival are disappearing rapidly, threatening the entire interconnected web of life that makes Earth so unique. Project Peril identifies these key species on the brink of extinction and helps fund groups doing the best work to save these species around the world. Whether tall like a giraffe or small like a bee, all life deserves a fighting chance. Click today to save these species from the brink of extinction!

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Give Girls Around the World Access to Education: Completed October 10, 2018

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Out of the 700 million illiterate adults in the world, 2/3 are women. Helping a girl attain a secondary education makes a big difference for the student and her community. To help families cover the costs of secondary education, GreaterGood’s GROW program is providing funding for tuition, books, uniforms, and whatever is standing in the way for these girls in need, wherever they are. We need your help.

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Give 25 Shelter Cats a Better Chance: Completed October 8, 2018

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Shelters are loud, chaotic spaces, full of unfamiliar sights and smells. The stress of the environment leads shy cats to withdraw and hide, or act out their fear through aggression. And without sufficient activity and mental stimulation, many antsy cats become hyperactive — even destructive. The Cat Pawsitive program uses positive reinforcement training to build cats’ confidence, and help them find a loving home. Please click today to help “less adoptable” cats find their forever families!

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Give School Breakfasts to 33 Children: Completed October 1, 2018

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In poverty-battered Mauritania, thousands of children walk several miles to school every day. Their parents are too poor to give them anything for breakfast and, after an exhausting walk, children arrive at the classroom tired and hungry. With empty stomachs they are not able to focus and cannot absorb what their teacher is saying. Please click today to provide students with breakfast so they can concentrate and stay in school!

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