Most anyone has
had at least one experience in life that has left its mark. Many are able
to function normally, have successful careers, thrive in a healthy marriage,
and raise well-adjusted children. Others, however, have scars whose wounds run
deep and effect every aspect of one’s life. Without intervention, support, and
often treatment, individuals who have experienced unspeakable abuse, acts of
war, and other horrors, may never recover. Some will succumb to their pain by
way of substances, repeated cycles of abuse, and suicide.
Consider these statistics:
- Homeless veterans make up
approximately 10% of the homeless population
- Accurate statistics are
impossible to come by, but homeless rates of veterans range from 67,000 to
over 150,000 every night of the year.
- A lack of non-military training,
emotional, mental, and physical injuries, and high incidences of substance
abuse, leaves many returning war veterans unable to maintain a job or
healthy family ties.
- 1 in 5 war veterans suffers from PTSD or major depressive disorders
Suicide rates among veterans are nearly double that of the general population, with 22 veterans taking their own lives every day. That's nearly one 1 vet per hour!
SoHo Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization founded on the principle
that no military veteran should suffer silently with various wounds of
We strive to provide veterans - especially those affected by
PTSD, a safe environment to heal emotionally, physically, and mentally while
providing care to abused, abandoned, and homeless animals. In turn, the animals
use their natural abilities to bond, and to aid their handler in healing.
The value of animal assisted therapy is gaining recognition;
including by the United States Army. According to Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie,
M.D., the Army uses dogs to help service members recover from PTSD.
SoHo Dogs is dedicated to the healing of mind, body, and soul of veterans through animal assisted therapy.
Our program fosters a sense of responsibility, compassion and well-being through the interaction with and care of animals, which in turn encourages people to become strong, proud and productive members of society. Through hands-on care of animals, veterans take responsibility for another living being while fostering a bond forged by mutual trust and understanding.
To offer veterans, especially those with PTSD, who are having difficulty adjusting to civilian life, a sober living environment where they participate in our animal assisted-therapy program.
Our program gives veterans and animals, especially those who have been homeless and can relate to the struggles of living on the streets, the opportunity to support one another through a transitional time.
Some are victims, some were willing participants. Regardless of origin, fact remains, PTSD has long-term debilitating repercussions for those it affects. Everyone deserves a chance to heal their mind, body, and soul of any negative experience which so dramatically alters one’s life.