Julio is a 4 year old pit bull mix we adopted from (the former) San Diego Department of Animal Services Central Shelter. After adopting Julio, we learned he had Parvovirus. He healed in our program, and went on to do big things! On August 20th, 2020 he graduated our program with his veteran handler, Matt Newcomb, US Army Ret. as a psychiatric service dog! We are so proud of how far Julio has come since the day we adopted him. He has a genuine appreciation for his life and his journey to find Matt. Julio was generously sponsored by the David C. Copley Foundation, who have gone on to sponsored two other dogs through our program – Grace and Buddy!

ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload not available (ARVE Pro not active?), switching to normal mode





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.

    Learn more

  • 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)

    Learn more

  • 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.

    Learn more