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Partnership results in donation for vets-pets program

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on January 08, 2020 with No Comments

McAfee Animal Hospital in Valparaiso donated $2,500 to support the Pets N Vets program of Dunes Dog Training Club. Shown in holiday gear with some furry friends are front row, from left, Kim Olesker, president and CEO, United Way of Porter County, and Pets N Vets program volunteers Manuel Koutelas and Larry Rzepczynski; back, Jennette Rudzinski and Dr. Larry McAfee, McAfee Animal Hospital, and Kasie Tenbarge, UW of Porter County.

In 2018, United Way of Porter County partnered with Dunes Dog Training Club to support its Pets N Vets program. The staff at McAfee Animal Hospital found out about the program and wanted to help. Dr. Larry McAfee, a long-time United Way supporter, and the McAfee Animal Hospital staff donated $2,500 to support Pets N Vets through United Way’s online mobile giving program and donation collections at the animal hospital.

In the last six months, the program has received $3,700 in support through United Way donations.

The club helps veterans train their dogs to form lasting, healing bonds. This innovative program is available at no cost to veterans with PTSD documentation. Staff assists veterans with choosing a compatible rescue dog and training them to help their owner heal from PTSD and other wounds many soldiers battle when they return home.

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