Men and women returning from war need help and sometimes that help comes with four legs and fur. Veterans are being paired with companion dogs to help them navigate the delicate re-entry back into civilian life. They also help them cope with the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety.
One such service dog named Sadie in Charlotte, NC has been suffering from a tennis ball-size lump over her left eye. She is in need of a CT scan and most likely surgery. However, her owner does not have the funds to cover the procedures. The cost is estimated at $4000 by a veterinary ophthalmologist. When the word got out around town people lined up at Wells Fargo Bank branches to donate money. Other folks called the veteran directly offering to pay for all of the medical bills. The story was also posted on Facebook and people from Los Angeles to Boston made donations.
This outpouring of generosity inspired Sadie's owner to set up a non-profit foundation to help other veterans care for their service dogs. This was made possible with the overwhelming number of donations. One veterinarian even offered to take complete care of Sadie "pro bone o."
Helping others, whether canine or human, is contagious. It makes people feel good to reach out and lend a hand.
Sadie has now been properly care for and is back in good health, ready to help her best friend take on the world.