Since 1981, Duo Dogs, Inc. has provided highly skilled service dogs and uniquely trained touch therapy teams to individuals, families and the community. The nonprofit organization has been generously awarded a $100,000 grant from Boeing to support Duo’s programs assisting U.S. military veterans.
“This is an amazing gift, which will directly and positively impact veterans in the communities we serve,” says Peggy Musen, Duo Dogs’ executive director. “Thanks to the generosity of Boeing, our assistance dogs and our army of volunteers will be able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who served our country.”
The certified dogs from Duo are trained to assist veterans with hearing- or mobility-related disabilities, allowing them to more fully integrate into their community, return to school or transition to work. In addition, the program places specially trained facility dogs with handlers at courts serving veterans to participate with medical, therapy and legal professionals who provide counseling, career guidance and drug treatment to help reduce the cycle of abuse and recidivism. Veterans being served by Veterans Affairs receive visits from touch therapy dog teams, thereby offering compassionate canines to give love and comfort.
“We know the difference our dogs make in the lives of veterans,” Musen says. “Thanks to the generosity of Boeing, we will able to help even more of them.”
The dogs in the program require two years of training and are provided at no cost to clients.