Joseph Boring, USMC and Cheeto graduated our program on October, 24 2019. Shelter to Soldier adopted Cheeto from the San Diego Department of Veteran Services Carlsbad Shelter. He evaluated beautifully, but he was a bit on the larger side for our program. We made the exception because his temperament was wonderful. When Joseph interviewed and was accepted into our program, his primary need was a psychiatric service dog, but he also needed some mobility assistance. Thankfully, because of his size, we had already training Cheeto in mobility assistance along with his psychiatric service dog task work. The pair bonded very quickly and excelled in their journey together, all the way through graduation and are a thriving pair and success story of our program today. We are so thankful for the generous support of the Petco Foundation who made their journey, along with 5 other veteran/service dog pairs through our program, a reality.  

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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