Operation Heroes & Hounds gives injured or traumatized members of the U.S. armed forces the chance to work with shelter dogs. Using a positive, playful approach called The Loved Dog method the program makes a difference in the lives of homeless animals, while the soldiers get a chance to rebuild their self esteem, sense of purpose, and lives as civilians.
The healing power of dogs is not a new concept. Prison dogs (and other animals) programs have been successful for years in helping rehabilitate inmates and give shelter dogs a better chance at adoption. Having animals around is also known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, relieve loneliness, and ease depression. And now they’re doing their part to help the men and women who have served our country transition back into society.