The mission of VCAS is to enrich the lives of veterans, military families, and dogs through the many benefits of the human-animal bond.
VCAS fulfills this mission through two primary programs - rescue dog placements with veterans and free dog training for veterans and military families. Many service men and women return home finding that their structure and purpose have been lost. Through the rescue dog placement program, VCAS returns this structure and purpose with the unconditional love of a dog. VCAS covers all costs of the dog for the first year and supports the veteran with care and training as they attend a 6-week training program with their peers. In the VCAS dog training program, veterans and families that already have a dog are encouraged to attend, not only improving the bond with their dog, but also increasing social support and connection.
Our organization recognizes the many sacrifices made by American veterans and military families and hope that our efforts can now serve them.
VCAS was started on the premise that companion animals are inherently beneficial to human lives. The co-founder, a veterinarian, witnessed this frequently and began to explore the field of the human-animal bond. Discussing this with family and friends that have served in the military, it became apparent that companion animals play an important role in the quality of life after service.
VCAS is currently placing dogs in Central Ohio.