Clear Path for Veterans received a grant from the Petco Foundation in support of its program to pair PTSD-affected vets with dogs.
Clear Path’s canine team will be at the DeWitt Petco “Meet a Helping Hero” event on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The canine program “is for those who are seeking an alternative and integrative form of healing and reintegration into civilan culture,” according to Clear Path.
“Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma will connect with their canine companions on a mutually beneficial level. This evidence-based training has proven success in mitigating symptoms related to (post-traumatic stress) and increasing self compassion,” the nonprofit added.
“It is with great honor that we are able to recognize the Petco Foundation for their generous investment to our canine program,” said program director Ryan Woodruff.
“This investment will assist our program to help both canines and veterans in New York state to live purpose-driven lives in each of their communities. It is because of our community supporters and partners like Petco that we are able to continue providing this important program,” Woodruff added.
Investments are made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual “Helping Heroes” campaign, which takes place every October at Petco stores nationwide.
For more on Clear Path, visit clearpathforvets.org. For more on the Petco Foundation, visit petcofoundation.org.