In 2018, United Way of Porter County partnered with Dunes Dog Training Club to support their Pets N Vets program. Thanks to the partnership, the staff at McAfee Animal Hospital found out about the program and wanted to help. Dr. 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 post-traumatic stress disorder (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.
Program partners gathered this holiday, dressed in holiday cheer with a couple of furry friends. They are: Kim Olesker, President & CEO United Way of Porter County; and Pets N Vets program volunteers Manuel Koutelas and Larry Rzepczynski; Jennette Rudzinski, McAfee Animal Hospital Manager; Dr. Larry McAfee; and Kasie Tenbarge, Development Director United Way of Porter County.