Pets for Vets founder Clarissa Black has a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science. She has had an extraordinary resume which includes a career in dolphin training, as well as training animals in the entertainment industry. Her latest addition is the Pets for Vets program. Operating out of southern California the program trains and then pairs shelter animals with veterans.
The program hand picks and trains various dogs from shelters and then pairs them with veterans. The process of pairing is requires that the veteran answer a series of questions so that the perfect companion may be found. The idea is perfect because it gives the animals and the veterans a second chance, and as those of you with dogs know there is nothing like that wagging tail, and goofy grin at the end of the day.
Companion animals are very unique in the way they can help an individual. Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health. They can also aid in reducing stress, depression and anxiety symptoms. As American Veterans returning home it is often times hard to adjust. This program allows veterans a chance to experience unconditional love and attention; the kind that only animals know how to give. As there are a number of things that can affect veterans upon their return such as suicide, family abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this program offers an alternative way for the veterans to deal.
This is a nonprofit organization with a brilliant plan to help both reduce the number of animals put down in our public shelters, and help our veterans. This program is wonderful, and it shouldn’t be long before it is activated in every state. There are millions of shelter animals who deserve a second chance and often times are forgotten. Clarissa Black is a kind hearted individual with a wonderful program dedicated to helping both people and animals alike.
Pets for Vets has a number of different ways in which you can lend a helping hand. Cash as well as supply donations are accepted. Please take the time to visit their website and see how you can make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country as well as animals deserving in a second chance. If you are a veteran and are interested to a companion animal please check out the website as it has detailed information on how to contact the organization.
Please spay and neuter your pets, and always think adoption first.