- KTRK – TV Houston Match: Roger and Maggie
- CNN – Interview on CNN HLN
- KTTU – TV – Las Vegas Veteran-pet match
- KTNV – TV – Interview in Las Vegas
- WCIU – TV – Interview with Clarissa Black and Chicagoland Trainer, Roger Lautt
- ABC 13 Eyewitness News – Dog changes life for local Marine
- CNN News - Group gives veterans, homeless pets a second chance
- CBS2 News – “Pets For Vets” Helps Veterans, Animals In Need
- The Legal Intelligencer - Animal Law & Rights
- Fort Benning’s Bayonet & Saber Newsletter - Retired K-9 handler hopes to bring Pets-for-Vets to tricommunity area
- Merrill Lynch’s Advisor Magazine - On A Mission
- People Magazine - How an Army Veteran’s Dog Helped Him Heal from PTSD
- Pet Age - Pets for Vets Founder Wins Award
- Animal Wellness Magazine - PTSD in Dogs
- HuffPost Dogs - Pets for Vets Helps Veterans & Dogs Rescue Each Other
- LadyLux - Rescued Shelter Dogs Give Vets a Second Chance
- Employees Community Fund of Boeing California - Remembering and supporting our veterans through Pets for Vets
- NPR News Story - Man’s Best Friend Helps Heal War Wounds
- Examiner.com – “Pets For Vets, what a great idea!”
- Cannon Beach Gazette -Vets on the edge: a soldier and his dog
- Humane Society.org – Someone to Watch Over Me
- MSN Healthy Living - 8 Surprising Ways Pets Save Lives
- Military Times - Newman’s Own honors charities, support groups
- Cigna - Cigna Awards Pets for Vets $20,000, Eligible for $50,000 GO YOU Award
- Gazettes - Veterans Find Comfort in Canine Companionship
- Paws and Learn - Interview with Clarissa Black, Founder of Pets for Vets
- PBS Shelter Me series hosted by Katherine Heigl – Shelter Me
- “One Day on Earth” 11.11.11 Veterans Day Video – David & Charley
- Pets For Vets on ARD TV – TV in Germany
- Pets for Vets: Saving Two Lives – News from our DC Chapter
- News Talk 1590 KVTA, Ventura, CA – Interview with Clarissa Black and Ventura County Chapter Director, Ron Lydick
- Healing Power of Pets – Veteran with PTSD finds new life with dog
- Howling Across Bridges – A book with a forward by Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets is pleased to announce the introduction of “shelter chapters”. A “shelter chapter” is a Pets for Vets chapter offered as a program through an existing animal shelter.
This model is an excellent fit for Pets for Vets. In keeping with the Pets for Vets philosophy, the shelter chapters will be selecting the best animal for the veteran and will adopt from another shelter if the “right” animal isn’t in theirs.
We look forward to working with shelter chapters in the future. If you are interested in learning more about Shelter Chapters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We presented the Pets for Vets program to top executives of Optum during an event held at the Terranea Resort. They donated the toys and supplies that compose our Welcome Package and designed a toy box that looks like a foot locker.
The box is shown to the left with David Harlen, his dog, Charley, and Clarissa Black, founder of Pets for Vets.
In addition to this box, five more will be created. We appreciated the opportunity to share our program and be part of their effort to give back.
BLOOMFIELD, Conn., December 02, 2013 – The founder of Pets for Vets, a non-profit organization that matches shelter pets to armed forces veterans and trains them to be companion animals, has won the Cigna GO YOU Award.
Clarissa Black, an animal trainer, founded Pets for Vets after she visited VA Long Beach Health Care System veteran’s health facility with her dog, Bear. She saw the positive effect a dog can have on veterans suffering from PTSD and other conditions. The organization now has 19 chapters in 17 states.
The GO YOU Award comes with a $50,000 Cigna Foundation grant for Pets for Vets. Black said she will use the money to form additional chapters in other states and to match more shelter pets to veterans.
“For us at Cigna, one of the best parts of the GO YOU Awards process has been connecting with individuals who’ve turned their personal passion into effective action. To know that Clarissa will now be using her GO YOU grant to transform that passion into better lives for even more of our veterans is especially exciting,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation.
Facebook users chose Black as the GO YOU Award winner via an online vote held November 4 to 11. She was one of four nominees for the award, all of whom previously received $20,000 Cigna Foundation grants for their charities. Black and Pets for Vets won handily with 70 percent of the Facebook vote.
When informed of the results, Black said, “Bringing our brave veterans together with some wonderful animals is reward enough, but it’s always energizing to know that people appreciate what Pets for Vets does. I want to thank everyone who voted, and to thank the other GO YOU Award nominees. We’re all in this for the same reason: helping others!”
The GO YOU Award honors the pioneering spirit of innovative individuals who create or build nonprofit organizations that contribute to personal, family and community health. The award is an extension of Cigna’s focus on encouraging people to be true to themselves and meeting their individual needs.
About Cigna and the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.