Anything is possible when you ask Amy Silveira what’s going on in the Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Earlier this week she told us two new success stories.
“We have a new partnership with Dogs on Deployment,” says Amy, who is Director of ASP. “It began when a veteran asked us for help after he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction. In the past, those would have been treated separately. Now he’ll have six months of treatment to address both issues. The problem was what to do with his one-year-old Great Dane while he was receiving treatment.”
Dogs on Deployment referred the veteran to Amy and ASP.
“When he was due to begin treatment he put his faith in Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He took the dog to a boarding facility and gave them his last $100. On the dog’s last day, he contacted us to ask for help. We became his advocates, convincing the boarding facility to keep the dog until we could make other arrangements.”
Amy learned that the Great Dane was not only a pet, he was a service dog. “Knowing that the dog would be vital to the veteran’s recovery, we contacted the treatment facility and received approval for the dog to stay with the man during treatment. It’s hard to find someone who can take someone else’s dog for six months and that’s a very long time for a dog to stay in a kennel or boarding facility. Working together with Dogs on Deployment, we were able to keep this family together.”
The next step for ASP was to find other ways to help veterans and active duty military. “Again working with Dogs on Deployment, we expanded the RCHS Community Pet Food Bank. On the fourth Thursday of every month we go to the Armed Services YMCA in Tierrasanta. Many of the military families and veterans struggle financially. In some cases they have to decide if they get to eat or if they feed their pets. In other cases they give up their pets because they can’t afford food. Thanks to this partnership between Dogs on Deployment, ASP, and the Community Pet Food Bank, that’s one less problem for them to deal with and they can keep their families together.”
There is never a charge for the care of ASP pets. We need your help.
For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program created by Rancho Coastal Humane Society log on to www.sdpets.org, call 760-753-6413, or visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, CA.