“If it wasn’t for Shelter to Soldier, I don’t know if I would still be around. My service dog, Nigel, helps me live a normal life by mitigating my Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms. Shelter to Soldier saved both of our lives.”

Nigel, generously sponsored by UNITE Hair, graduated with his veteran, Dustin Potash, US Army in January 2021. Nigel is a spunky and goofy pit bull mix who loves his job as Dustin’s psychiatric service dog. We adopted Nigel from our friends at Labs & More Rescue out of San Diego, CA.

Dustin is not only a service dog recipient, but has joined our team as our Veteran Advocate, helping veterans through the application process, supporting veterans through our program and beyond, and assisting with veteran outreach throughout the Southern California region.

Veteran Advocate

Dustin Potash with Nigel

Other Success Stories

  • Ben + Tank

    San Diego, CA

    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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