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Mushrooming PTSD crisis among military. Experts estimate PTSD impacts 30% of all Vietnam veterans, 10% of all Desert Storm veterans, and 20% of 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan troops. Unemployment for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans increased from 11.5 % in 2010 to 12.1% in 2011.

Sweet Molly’s GoFundMe is GREAT!

Sweet Molly’s GoFundMe is GREAT!

Six weeks post surgery,  sweet Molly’s ACL knee is recovering well. So far GoFundMe has raised $2,275 for estimated $5,000 needed for the two surgeries – please continue to give generously if you can!

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

In 2016 so far, much joy was had in sharing dogs and our mission with the Claremont Cub Scouts, Elks Lodge events and bbqs, the women of Beta Sigma Phi luncheon, TVIA groups (Teen Volunteers in Action),  and the Encinitas Heritage Museum Pet Faire.

Training Program

Training Program

Check out Next Step Service Dogs training program and learn how we help to empower veterans!

News & Events


Fido Fest June 11, 2016

Please join the City of Santee and Petco for the inaugural Fido Fest, a furry four-legged friendly event. This will be the first large-scale dog event in East San Diego County. * A Wide Variety of Exhibitors * Great Giveaways & Fun for both the Two-Legged AND Four-Legged * Petco Mega Adoption…Adopt! Dozens of Rescue Groups and a Goal to find FURever homes for 100 dogs * Discounted Vaccinations, Microchipping and Heartworm & Flea Preventatives * Agility & Fly Ball Demonstrations * Live Entertainment * Obedience Demonstrations * Silent Auction * The Latest & Greatest Pet Products And SO MUCH MORE!!!

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