ROSCOE, Ill. (WTVO) — Saving two lives at a time is what a non-profit aims to do by pairing rescue animals with veterans that suffer from PTSD or any form of brain injury.
War Dogs Making It Home, a nonprofit organization formed in 2010, hosted a fundraiser at Poison Ivy Pub in Roscoe on Sunday.
The collection will help fund the rescue of more dogs from kill shelters to pair with veterans. Those pairs are put through a two-year program.
Organizers say you see the transformation not only for the veteran, but also for the rescue dog.
“We’ve had a few of our dogs save some of our veterans from coronaries and heart attacks that they went to the hospital not having any idea why they’re going, but the dog said go,” said Director of Membership Jay Marks.
The non-profit says they’ve paired over 65 rescue dogs with veterans.