Lori and Service Dog Kaplan
Lori and Service Dog Kaplan

Lorrie served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in Desert Shield/Storm, but coming back home meant facing a different challenge. Flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD were disrupting Lorrie’s life and causing her to lose her independence. She was diagnosed with PTSD, but relief didn’t seem possible until she was matched with a four-legged partner named Kaplan.

“Receiving Service Dog Kaplan has made a positive impact on my life,” explains Lorrie. “I now go shopping, run errands and even attend my daughter’s high school games, all with Kaplan by my side.”

Lorrie’s daughter was her inspiration to apply for a service dog. “We are now one and I can’t see myself without him,” says Lorrie. “My experience with Canine Companions for Independence has been exceptional and educational. Most importantly, they are attentive to individual needs and matched me with Kaplan perfectly.”

Canine Companions will begin a pilot program in 2018 to train and place service dogs directly with veterans with PTSD. “Support of this program will mean that the lives of many more servicemen and women will be changed forever,” says Lorrie. Give a Dog a Job and help expand services to more veterans with disabilities by donating today.

Contributed by

Barbara Barrow

Canine Companions for Independence
Chief Development Officer
Barbara Barrow is the chief development officer of Canine Companions for Independence. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly …

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