Shelter to Soldier™

Saving Two Lives at a Time

shelter to soldierThe Barnes Firm is proud to sponsor Shelter to Soldier™, a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences.

About the Program

Shelter to Soldier logo Based in Southern California, the Shelter to Soldier™ service dog training program is approximately 12-18 months in length, beginning with a thorough evaluation and subsequent adoption from a local shelter, a year, on average, of service dog training and task work, and handler training with an approved veteran. The journey through the program culminates in a special graduation ceremony for the pair and a new life together.

Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a major problem for our men and women in uniform, and its effects last far and beyond the battlefield. One in five veterans returning from combat tours suffers from PTS. Many of them are so debilitated that they are unable to leave their homes or engage in any meaningful way in society.

With the combination of therapy, medications and the companionship of a service dog who does not judge them but does inspire and require them to get up and out, our veterans can begin to experience a new lease on life. Service dogs can provide a boost in their veteran’s confidence, increased productivity, and improved relationships through the sense of security and companionship.


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Shelter to Solider™ Honors Steve Barnes

In honor of our founder—the late Steve Barnes—and in recognition of his service as a US Marine Corps combat veteran in the Gulf War, Shelter to Solider™ paid tribute by naming their newest rescue dog trainee “Barney” in the Fall of 2020. Barney will spend over a year in training before joining a post-9/11 combat veteran in need of a trained service animal.

How to Get Involved with Shelter to Soldier™

There are many different ways you can help support the Shelter to Soldier™ organization:

DonateYour gift helps rescue dogs and directly impacts the lives of veterans and their families on the home front.

VolunteerGiving back helps save lives.
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Corporate SponsorshipYour company can make a big difference. Be a part of a team that is “Saving Lives, Two at a Time.”

Event SponsorshipContributing to or hosting a fundraising event for Shelter to Soldier helps continue their mission.

Start a FundraiserWhether you’re organizing a sporting event, birthday celebration, or would like to host a fundraiser in memory of a loved one; you can support the mission with a fundraiser customized for your goals.

For more information, or if you are a US Veteran that would like to apply for a psychiatric support or emotional service dog, please visit the Shelter to Soldier™ website.

Bonneville Radio Group San Francisco: Shelter to Soldier™ Interview

96.5 KOIT San Francisco - Shelter to Soldier Interview

Watch Morris Knight talk with Graham about bringing post-9/11 combat veterans together with trained, rescue dogs to help both recover and move forward on the Shelter to Soldier Facebook page.

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