Canines With A Cause was created with the intent to save healthy, adoptable dogs from local shelters and place them with disabled veterans as loving companions and service dogs.
CWAC began as an Animal Assisted Therapy Program of “Friends of Animals Utah,” an animal rescue program in northern Utah. Based on increasing demand for veteran assistance programs, CWAC became a separate organization in 2011 with a focus on training shelter dogs to assist veterans with support, comfort and specific tasks needed.
The mission of CWAC is to pair veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with well-trained assistance dogs. By adhering closely to our mission, CWAC works to move veterans from a state of PTSD toward Post Traumatic Growth (PTG). In committing to positive “growth,” we become one of many steps on the veterans’ path toward healing. More importantly, we’re able to develop creative-individualized training solutions that meet the mental, emotional and economic-stability challenges veterans face today.