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The healing power of pets: connecting shelter dogs and veterans
Episode 8711th November 2021 • The Best Friends Podcast • Best Friends Animal Society
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On behalf of everyone at Best Friends, we’d like to wish all brave men and women who have served in the armed forces a Happy Veteran’s Day! To commemorate this special day, we talk about the healing power of pets and how the right animal can help veterans through tough times as they readjust to life back at home.

We all know the healing power of animals. Studies have shown that the benefits of sharing your life with a pet range from decreased stress levels to lower blood pressure - some studies have even shown that animals can reduce pain and ease depression and anxiety.

Marie Peck, the founder of The Fetch Foundation in Arizona, is this week’s guest. We learn how their “Homeless 2 Hero” program takes dogs facing euthanasia in shelters and trains them to become heroes in their own right, providing the kind of support and unconditional love to veterans that only a dog can provide.