LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A special fundraiser was held Saturday for veterans who rely on special help from four-legged friends.
The event, held at Poe’s Pet Depot in St. Matthews, raised money for wounded veterans to help them get service animals to assist them with their injuries and disabilities.
Donations were accepted and 2014 calendars were also sold featuring injured soldiers and their service dogs.
Kristen Cossey, who helped sponsor the event, said the need is huge for service animals.
“There’s a huge need right now, because the V.A. and the military don’t specifically recognize service dogs right now. A lot of these people have to go through these non-profit organizations and that takes a lot of money,” she said. “I think it’s every 22 minutes a veteran or service member commits suicide. A lot of those could be prevented if they had a companion that would work with their PTSD.”
All of the proceeds from the calendar sales and donations go to the non-profit organization Paws and Stripes which pays 100 percent to train dogs to become service animals.