Joel Brambila, USMC and his service dog Duke graduated our program on August 22, 2019. It was an amazing ceremony, particularly because it was held on Duke’s 3rd birthday! These two are incredible ambassadors for our program, and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication to one another. Duke was adopted from our rescue partner, Thrive Animal Rescue, and was such a fun pup to have in our program. We are thrilled to be a small part of the big journey that these two have embarked upon together! Thanks to Duke’s sponsor, La Mesa Rotary, for making this success story a reality and for sponsoring Duke from the day of his adoption through his graduation.

“The entire team at Shelter to Soldier has contributed to allowing me to live my life again. To me, the entire team includes everyone from the front desk, training staff, and behind the scenes folks. Duke has challenged me and helped me overcome several mental walls that had previously stopped me completely.” – Joel Brambila, USMC

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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