At Freedom Service Dogs (FSD), we unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. FSD serves veterans and active-duty military with PTSD, children and teens with autism, and individuals with physical disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. Your support helps provide these highly skilled service dogs to our clients free of charge, along with lifetime support that includes ongoing training and successor dogs when a service dog retires.
With a Freedom Service Dog by their side, our clients experience greater independence, happiness, and hope, as well as the ability to participate more fully in life. U.S. Army veteran Charles is one such client. After serving overseas for nearly seven years, Charles returned home to Colorado with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Placed on frequent suicide watch by the VA, heavily medicated for depression, and isolating from his family and the world, Charles turned to FSD for help. He was matched with a service dog named Rubix and graduated from FSD in 2017.
Today, Rubix assists Charles by creating space around him in public places, interrupting anxious or depressed moments with a nudge of his nose, and running through their house before Charles enters to assure him that everything is OK. Says Charles, “A service dog will take you out of your comfort zone, especially if you’ve been traumatized and don’t want to go out in the world anymore. But you can focus on your dog and not on the drama that’s causing the depression and anxiety. If you have their back, they’re gonna have your back. They’ll help you regain your life.”
By supporting Freedom Service Dogs this holiday season, you can help us continue to provide life-changing service dogs to the 90- plus clients on our waiting list—even during these challenging times. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
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