Stiggy’s Dogs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving dogs on the streets and then training them to help veterans adjust to civilian life. They are trained as psychiatric service dogs for veterans that live with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
There is no perfect dog for the job; it all comes down to personality. If a rescued dog will get along with a particular veteran, they are trained until they meet up with their new best friend.
Stiggy’s Dogs help veterans based on their personal needs after serving our country.
Military veterans have found another way to heal with the help of therapy dogs.
Once a veteran is paired with a dog, they fall in love instantly and make each others’ lives better.
“The first thing these dogs do is give peace of mind,” she says. “Our veterans have a ‘battle buddy’ they can rely on again like they had with their brothers in arms. Having a dog gives them a reason to get out of bed in the morning or go outside for a walk. In some cases, they go on to mentor other veterans who are struggling and help them find their purpose again as well.”
When a dog meets its veteran for the first time, it’s love at first sight. They kiss, they snuggle and they get excited; the animals know they found their buddy for life.
Stiggy’s Dogs was founded by Jennifer Petre in 2010 after her nephew, HM3 Benjamin “Doc Stiggy” Castiglione, died in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.