At Great Plains SPCA, we love to witness how pets and people rescue each other. In veteran Eric Sanford's case, his rescue dog, Rollie, was no exception. Sanford adopted Rollie through Great Plains SPCA's partnership with Battle Buddy Service Dogs
to help reduce his PTSD symptoms.
Battle Buddy Service Dogs is a veteran-operated, nonprofit organization based in Kansas City that pairs veterans with trained rescue dogs to help them cope with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. The dog and the veteran train together for six to nine months tocreate
a bond and eventually mentor other Battle Buddy participants after graduating from the program.
Sanford decided to adopt Rollie after struggling with PTSD symptoms when traveling frequently for work. "I wanted a dog who I had a connection with, and I felt like a shelter dog could give me that," Sanford said, "I feel like, in a way, Rollie chose me too."
The duo has been working together for months now, and Sanford is looking forward to seeing more positive results through Rollie's continued training in the upcoming months. "We've really got a close bond going, " Sanford said, "As we work together, his confidence has grown, and me seeing that has helped my confidence to grow as well."