One Dog Saved, Two Heroes Changed
 Rescue dogs trained as service & support animals at no cost for deserving Veterans
This program obtains shelter dogs from the Amador County Animal Shelter, trains them, and arranges them to be adopted with veterans who need a companion dog or service dog.
The Trainer, Tim Guzman
The owner and trainer of Blue Collar K9 Training is Mr. Tim Guzman. Mr. Guzman is recognized as the premier dog trainer in Northern California. His state-of-the-art training facility, located in Jackson, CA, is where our veterans will be trained with their new partners. Tim visits the shelter on a weekly basis looking for dogs that would fit into our program. When he finds a potential prospect, the dog is taken to Tim’s facility where he conducts a thorough evaluation regarding temperament, trainability, sociability, and how the dog interacts with other animals. Once the dog has passed all of Tim’s tests, we then match that dog with a veteran who has requested a dog. If for any reason we do not have a veteran on the list that would be a good match, the dog will be housed with foster parents until a suitable match is found.

Blue Collar K-9 conducts weekly training sessions for the veterans and their dogs, to ensure both meet their potential and the specific needs of our veteran.

For veterans, companion animals can offer unique and significant benefits tailored to their specific experiences and needs
Companionship and Emotional Support:
Many veterans experience challenges adjusting to civilian life after military service, including feelings of isolation and loneliness. Companion animals, such as dogs, provide constant companionship and unconditional love, helping to alleviate these feelings and offering emotional support during difficult times.

Stress Reduction and Coping Mechanism:
Veterans often face high levels of stress, whether due to combat experiences, transitioning to civilian life, or managing physical and mental health issues. Interacting with a pet has been shown to reduce stress levels, promote relaxation, and serve as a healthy coping mechanism for managing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions.

Physical Health Benefits:
Many veterans may struggle with physical health issues resulting from their military service, such as injuries or chronic pain. Owning a companion animal, particularly a dog, encourages regular physical activity through activities like walking, playing, and exercising together. This can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and contribute to overall well-being.

Sense of Purpose and Responsibility:
Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be challenging, and some veterans may struggle to find a sense of purpose or structure in their daily lives. Caring for a pet provides a meaningful sense of responsibility and routine, helping veterans to regain a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Social Connections and Community Integration:
Companion animals can serve as a bridge to social interactions and community involvement for veterans. Whether through pet-related activities, support groups for veterans with service animals, or simply connecting with other pet owners in the neighborhood, owning a pet can help veterans build social connections and feel more integrated into their communities.

Mental Well-being and Trauma Recovery:
For veterans dealing with trauma, including PTSD, depression, or anxiety, the presence of a companion animal can offer comfort, stability, and a sense of security. Pets provide a non-judgmental source of support and can help veterans manage symptoms, reduce hypervigilance, and improve overall mental well-being.
To adopt, foster, or sponsor please contact our Program Director:
Bill McCarver
Sr. Vice Commander
VFW Post 12215
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Please make check payable to:
VFW Post 12215
Memo: Rescue A Hero

Send to:
VFW Post 12215
PO Box 762
Sloughhouse, CA 95683