By Beth Fisher. CREATED Aug 16, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Smarty Paws is training dogs to help veterans with PTSD and now thanks to the Elks Grand Lodge, they can help even more people.
When our first story about Smarty Paws ran, we told you how these dogs wake vets up when they're having nightmares, stand between them and strangers, and enable them to be in crowded stores and around other people.
This program was made possible by a $1,000 grant from the National Elks Foundation. Well, they saw our story and sent another $2,000.
Cory Ossana is the local Elk who first brought the program to their attention.
"The story was sent to the Grand Lodge through the KTNV 13 page. They liked the interview and after seeing that and the reaction from the public it's received, they loved it!"
The additional money will get veterans with PTSD off a waiting list and into training with a service dog. It will also be used for people with medical alerts.
Trainer Janet Edberg can't believe it. "It's a good thing I was sitting down. I was overjoyed. I was stunned. I didn't expect it to happen that quickly."
Smarty Paws will begin taking applications for people who want to be part of this program in September on their website. They will prioritize based on financial and medical need.