Dogs help local veterans cope with PTSD


by Ashley Korslien &

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 9:21 PM

SPOKANE—Some local pets are helping our military heroes deal with Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

As men and women return home from overseas deployments, emotional health is more important than ever.  The painful memories of combat will always be a struggle, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel for these veterans in the form of furry four legged friends.

Certified dog Trainer Joe Sheffer is launching a program, called Operation Dog Tag, which pairs veterans up with a dog trained to meet their needs.  Although a dog will never replace a human relationship, Sheffer says it’s a step forward on the path to healing.

The Humane Society has offered to provide dogs free of charge to veterans in the program, as well as dog food.

For those looking to volunteer or donate to Operation Dog Tag click on the link below.

Facebook Page:!/OperationDogTag


Donation and contact info: 
Operation Dog Tag   
PO Box 1892                  
Spokane, Wa. 99218
Northland Credit Union
9625 N. Newport Hwy.
Deer Park, Wa.99006