A service group is asking for food and other donations for dogs trained to help Mid-Columbia veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Service Peace Warriors are asking for grain-free and large breed dog food, toys, collars for all sizes, prong collars, dog beds, kennel pads and food and water bowls. The group asks that no choke collars be donated.
Dogs add a comfort that humans can’t.
Eric Mattox, vice president of Service Peace Warriors
The Shelter Animals Advocates Volunteers and Educators (SAAVE) are sponsoring the supply drive through Aug. 21 at the Kennewick PetSmart, 6807 W. Canal Drive, and at the EFC Equipment Feed and Pet store, 2155 Stevens Drive, Richland.
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The Service Peace Warriors based in Eltopia was founded in March 2015 by Mary Mattox, who suffers from Complex PTSD. Mattox, who is from New Zealand, sympathizes with American soldiers who also suffer from PTSD.
She says on her website that she wanted a way to give back and has been training dogs her whole life.
The service dogs are adopted as puppies in the Tri-Cities, sent off for training and then given to veterans when they are about 9 months to a year old.
They are trained to help veterans with night terrors caused by PTSD by licking the veteran until they wake up.
“Dogs add a comfort that humans can’t,” said Eric Mattox, vice president of the group.