Coleman Natural Foods, the nation’s first natural and organic meat company, pledged $800,000 over three years to support American Humane’s Pups4Patriots program which finds dogs in search of forever homes and trains them to be lifesaving service dogs for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
For many brave members of our nation’s armed forces, coming home as a civilian is only the beginning of another daunting battle. The invisible wounds of war, including Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), can cause debilitating symptoms in veterans, leading to depression, social isolation, and far too often, suicide.
Research shows that specially trained PTS service dogs can reduce stress and anxiety levels, mitigate depression, ease social reintegration, provide comfort and restore confidence in affected veterans. However, there are many obstacles standing in the way of veterans in need of service dogs including long waiting lists and high costs.
Starting in 2019, American Humane will be able to train more service dogs because of the generosity of Coleman Natural Foods, with a goal of training more than two dozen dogs and making lifesaving matches. As of October 2023, American Humane has been able to support the training of more than 30 service dog teams.
“At Coleman, we take our ability to help those who defend us and our freedom in a personal way. We have more than a dozen veterans employed at our company, and many more among our family and friends. We like to dream big when veterans are in need and turn that dream into reality. We are proud to support Pups4Patriots.” Mel Coleman
American Humane is committed to harnessing the healing power of the human-animal bond to put more healing leashes in the hands of more veterans in need. Learn more about Pups4Patriots here.