STS is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as psychiatric service dogs for post 9/11 U.S. combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Every day on average, an estimated 22 U.S. veterans and one active duty service member commit suicide (Department of Veteran Affairs); in the past year alone, the number of diagnosed cases of PTSD in the military jumped 50% and this represents cases that have been diagnosed. Studies estimate that one in every five military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is suffering from PTSD. In addition, every 11 seconds, a shelter animal is euthanized in the U.S. In response, Griffin Funding has made a commitment to help fund the cost of rescuing, training and partnering shelter dogs with combat veterans suffering from invisible wounds through STS.
Griffin Funding has been supporting STS’s efforts since 2014 and we wholeheartedly support their mission. We’ve stepped up our commitment to take our philanthropic outreach to the next level by sponsoring at least 1 dog a year. So far we have sponsored 3 amazing shelter dogs that have been placed with Veterans in need to make their day to day life better. Our business model at Griffin Funding concentrates on serving the veteran population through VA mortgage loans in California and Hawaii for the purchase, refinance or home-improvement of residential properties, so it’s a natural fit for us—we’re proud to donate a portion of each and every loan closed (large or small) toward sponsoring STS dogs. The VA medical system does not provide or help pay for service dogs for veterans who suffering from psychological disabilities. It’s been well documented that service dogs have a significant impact on the mental health and well being of veterans. With the added component of rescuing the dogs from shelters where they would otherwise be euthanized, we’re proud to say we help in saving two lives at a time each and everyday.
Shelter to Soldier is supported solely through charitable contributions from corporations, charitable foundations and private individuals. The cost of a dog’s journey through the program is $12,000 and includes adoption, safe housing fees, medical care, training, equipment, food, grooming, treats, toys, supplements, testing and certifications, liability insurance, handler training, and graduation materials for the veteran. If you are interested in contributing to this great cause, visit sheltertosoldier.org, or call 855-287-8659 for a confidential interview regarding veteran eligibility.