In early 2017, Veteran Advocate, Vic and Training Director/Co Founder Graham Bloem, made the decision to retire Vic’s first service dog, Kira, as she could no longer perform in her role as a psychiatric service dog. Although it was difficult for Vic to picture himeslf without Kira, he knew that he would still need a working service dog. He met quite a few of our dogs in training, but made a special connection with a sweet chocolate lab named Mia. Mia found her way to us by way of a family friend. Although our program does not accept owner surrenders, we couldn’t pass up this extraordinary girl. She has the right temperament and drive to fulfill a greater purpose than a pet dog and has a huge heart. Vic and Mia’s connection was immediate and the team has progressed quickly in their training together. Now, you can find Mia by Vic’s side at various Shelter to Soldier™ speaking engagements; although she enjoys being at home with Vic’s wife, two kids, and family dog just as much. We are so happy to have this pair in the Shelter to Soldier™ family! Mia’s training, care and boarding were generously sponsored by four-time Red Star Sponsor Griffin Funding.

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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