During the pandemic, Koda, a 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix, was surrendered to a municipal shelter by his family. His world was turned upside down. Like so many other animals who experience the pain of losing their family, Koda was scared and apprehensive. But his life has new meaning now, all thanks to ARF supporters. Our Pets and Vets rescue team saw potential in him.

Once he arrived at ARF, Koda overcame his bashfulness to show his charming personality underneath. He is now quick to trust, and even quicker to snuggle! Koda was matched with his veteran, Brandon, in May. “Koda has been an amazing addition into my life. I never thought I’d get so much joy having [him]!” said Brandon. “I never knew the comfort and love a dog can bring into your life.”

From his soft face licks to wake me up to him curling up next to me with his head on my leg, he’s been an awesome companion.” Brandon and Koda continue their journey to service dog graduation. In just three years, Pets and Vets has transformed 54 rescue dogs into skilled, psychiatric service dogs for veterans readjusting to civilian life. “I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us over the years,” says Brandon.

“I never knew the comfort and love a dog can bring into your life … I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us over the years.”

Brandon, Veteran

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