Our Shelter to Service program is rescuing, raising, and training pit bull dogs as service dogs (Sidekicks) for our veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 20 military lives are lost to suicide from PTSD daily. Thousands of pit bulls are euthanized weekly. Utilizing a discarded population to help an underserved population. Welcome to Operation Sidekick – we got your six.
Evoking Hope – On Stage
In 2016 we set out on a mission to spread awareness about the mental health crisis plaguing our veterans and to raise awareness about how a population of discarded shelter animals could have a significant, positive impact on those veterans. Watch one of our first presentations on stage at SEED20 to learn more about where we started and how this community crisis requires a community solution. Special thanks to Social Venture Partners.
How to help
TrainingOur Volunteer Handlers make puppy raising possible
Take the leash and learn to lead a puppy to service
AwarenessIt takes each of us to make a difference for all of us - Jackie M.
Driving attention to need
Help shine a light on a community solution that requires a community to act
FundraisingPossibility is born here - with sustainability
Help direct support to the program and cultivate those invested in making an impact
Be a Puppy Raiser and help raise, train, and socialize our Sidekicks with the help and guidance of our team. Experience not required, dedication a must.
Utilize your network to raise awareness about shelter overpopulation and veteran suicide to recruit help for the program.
Become a part of the fundraising team and help with grants, events such as our RescueMe 5k, and campaigns to continue the sustainability of our program.
How to help
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled some of the most asked questions we receive