New Leash on Life USA's "Saving and Reclaiming Lives" program addresses the needs of wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are suffering from PTSD. With the guidance of a decorated local war hero with PTSD, a certified dog trainer, a psychologist, and case managers, we prepare assistance dogs to help veterans return to civilian life and grow as healthy human beings who can be happy and fulfilled in their lives.
A carefully prepared assistance dog can make active interventions to mitigate the impact of specific symptoms of PTSD like panic attacks, nightmares, isolation, emotional distance, anger, anxiety, helplessness, fear, and depression in order to break negative patterns of reaction and support the veteran in taking positive actions for recovery. Each assistance dog is donated to a veteran with PTSD.
New Leash offers a way to impact social problems, support veterans, reduce recidivism, and reduce the cost of providing service dogs with an outstanding program that restores an individual's self-respect and sense of self-worth while protecting dogs from euthanasia.