On November 15th, 2016 our Shelter to Soldier™ service dog training team visited the San Diego Department of Animal Services on Gaines St. in San Diego. There, we met many great dogs – but fell madly in love with this sweet puppy, affectionately named Thursday by her Red Star Sponsor, The Thursday Club Juniors. Thursday is an energetic, happy little girl with a strong drive to work. She is sweet, kind, and incredibly goofy, and has learned quickly in our program. She is our youngest adoption to-date, but we were so confident in her behavior and potential that we made an exception to our general age guideline of 6 months to 2.5 year of age at the time of adoption, and we are so glad we did! Thursday will make a great service dog companion for a future veteran recipient. In April 2016, The Thursday Club Juniors held their annual gala, and chose to honor veterans and our program. They raised over $88,000 with their event, and we are thrilled to have Thursday join our program under their sponsorship.

After moving through our program like a rock star for some time, Thursday unfortunately suffered a leg injury that created a minor, temporary setback in her training. After recovering, we began to notice that Thursday would make a better Emotional Support Dog (ESD) than she would a psychiatric service dog. Our training team made the decision to place her as an Emotional Support Dog with Navy veteran, Dave, and the pair of them are living a very exciting life full of adventure. We are so proud of this team!

Other Success Stories

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    Tank came into our program in June 2014 through the sponsorship of The Wintercreek Foundation. Ben applied to our program in the Spring of 2015, and was perhaps one of our most driven applicants.

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  • James + Calver

    San Diego, CA

    Calver is a 3 year-old, male standard schnauzer. His dad, James, applied to Shelter to Soldier™ and was approved to be a recipient due to his diagnosis of TBI (traumatic brain injury) and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

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  • Vic + Kira

    San Diego, CA

    Kira is a loving 4 year old female labrador/pit mix. She was rescued just in time to allow her the opportunity to live a happy, loving and purposeful life.

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