Clear Path for Veterans is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its Canine Program.

The Clear Path for Veterans Canine Program is for those who are seeking an alternative and integrative form of healing and reintegration into civilian culture. Throughout a 6- to 12-month journey, Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma will connect with their canine companions on a mutually-beneficial level. This evidence-based training has proven success in mitigating symptoms related to PTS and increasing self-compassion.

“It is with great honor that we are able to recognize the Petco Foundation for their generous investment to our Canine Program,” said Ryan Woodruff, director of canine programming at Clear Path. “This investment will assist our program to help both canines and veterans in New York State to live purpose-driven lives in each of their communities. It is because of our community supporters and partners like PetCo that we are able to continue providing this important program.”

Investments are made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes campaign, which takes place each October in Petco locations nationwide to support the life-changing work of service, therapy and working animals.

Ryan and the Clear Path for Veterans canine team will be attending the Petco Meet a Helping Hero event in Petco of DeWitt, 3150 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

For more information about Clear Path for Veterans, visit For more on the Petco Foundation, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #HelpingHeroes.

By martha

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