WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, October 11, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that Ultra will be a sponsor of American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program, helping to put a healing leash into the hands of a veteran in need. American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program finds dogs in search of forever homes and trains them to offer the best possible assistance to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. The two are trained together at no cost to the veteran.
“For many brave members of our nation’s armed forces, coming home as a civilian is only the beginning of another daunting battle,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Service dogs are an invaluable asset to veterans with trauma, but tragically, there are many obstacles standing in the way of veterans in need of service dogs including long waiting lists and exorbitant costs. Ultra’s sponsorship will cover the training of a qualified, lifesaving service dog for an affected veteran, and we are so grateful for their support.”
The invisible wounds of war, including PTS and TBI, can cause debilitating symptoms in veterans, leading to depression, social isolation and, far too often, suicide. Up to one in five veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with PTS and, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day.
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.
“Ultra is committed to acting as a positive force in the communities in which we operate,” said Simon Pryce, CEO of Ultra. “We are very proud to be supporting American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program which demonstrates our strong commitment to supporting our serving military, veterans and their families who have done so much for us all.”
American Humane has been first to serve with the U.S. military for more than a century and remains committed to harnessing the power of the human-animal bond to put more healing leashes into the hands of veterans in need. To learn more about our military programs, visit www.AmericanHumane.org/Military.
ABOUT AMERICAN HUMANE
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit www.americanhumane.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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