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SAP needs help to carry out important work

Published 3:54pm Friday, July 12, 2013

Winston, the former abandoned Foothills Humane Society shelter dog, was matched with his warrior, John. A highly decorated marine veteran with three purple hearts John has been shot nine times and suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unable to sleep through the night; constantly waking to check the doors and windows to be sure his family was safe added to the problems.  Once home Winston took up his post at the door of the bedroom guarding the room and John can now sleep through the night.  Winston has since taken it upon himself to move to the hallway where he also guards over the families two small children.   Winston was a former shelter dog – now he’s a hero for a hero and a beloved member of John’s family.

Since their inception SAP has identified and trained five dogs for the K9 for Warriors project.  All of their dogs were approved and accepted into the program within hours and have successfully been matched with wounded warriors.  SAP receives no government funds and is supported entirely by donations of goods, services and monetary gifts. All labor is voluntary and only a very small portion of the donations received is used for administrative expenses.

SAP needs your help to carry on this important work.  To donate make checks payable to “FHS Service Animal Project” and mail to PO Box 126, Tryon NC 28782.  Dedicated fosters are also needed and any spare “miles” are useful to help offset the cost of hotel rooms for the dogs when being transported to Florida.  You can contact SAP via email at:

Hats off to you ladies and the many volunteers for helping to save man’s best friend and our wounded warriors at the same time. Thank you.

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