Jacksonville, FL is well known for the Naval Air Station or NAS Jax and its community of veterans. The city is honored to be the home of those who have served our country and are still serving. Imagine putting your life on the line for your country and after serving time are left with a paralyzing illness like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Kim Janus of Jacksonville, FL is one such soldier who believes in her country, served time in the Navy and as a result, suffers from PTSD. The National Center for PTSD states that, “After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping” (http://www.ptsd.va.gov, 2013). The illness of PTSD can be compromising and debilitating to one’s health and welfare. One organization is finding ways to help people while helping homeless pets through rescue puppies that offer emotional support to soldiers.
Paws for Change
Kim Janus recently received 2 golden retriever puppies from the Guardians of Rescue organization. The organization aims to help those suffering while helping animals in need.
“I was thrilled when I got the phone call from Guardians of Rescue telling me they had two dogs that were ready to be adopted. I knew that my life was about to change for the better because I would be meeting my two new best friends,” said Kimberly Janus. Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue and Founder/President of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue delivered the puppies to Kim earlier in October.
Who is Guardians of Rescue?
The organization is based in New York, and “Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians of Rescue founded Paws of War and Soldier-to-Soldier programs to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder” (Guardians of Rescue, 2013). To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
Foster families for the rescued dogs, volunteers, fundraisers, and trainers are always welcome. Dog trainers are needed to help facilitate therapy type training for the dogs placed with recovering soldiers. Visit the Guardians of Rescue website and reach out to help both humans and animals.
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