Paws for Purple Hearts: Service Dogs Help Heal Veterans

Spotlight the Good discovers Paws for Purple Hearts: a nonprofit organization helping veterans heal through training and placement of service animals. Please check out www.pawsforpurplehearts.org for information on how you can volunteer, donate or receive a service dog. Spotlight the Good Team for Paws for Purple Hearts Segment: Host: Bill Robertson Director: Laurel J. Barham Coordinator: Sandra Kirwin Camera: Kyle Hardy Editor: Kyle Hardy Spotlight the Good: Our mission is to shine a light of appreciation and praise to people and organizations that bring about positive change in the lives of animals and the people who love them. We encourage individuals to do their own research before donating money or time.

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Freedom Service Dogs of America: Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming Lives

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom Service Dogs of America. In 1987, FSD was founded by Michael and PJ Roche. Michael was a paramedic who was paralyzed when his ambulance was broadsided. Wanting to remain as independent as possible following his devastating accident, he and PJ trained their rescued border collie, Oreo, to be Michael’s service dog. Michael and PJ realized that shelter dogs had the potential to make great service dogs for individuals with mobility impairments, and created the legacy for what would become Freedom Service Dogs.

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