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5K supports pets for vets

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Runners from last year's 5K Runners from last year's 5K
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The run raised over $8,000 last year The run raised over $8,000 last year
Dr. Lois Hunkele hopes for a big turnout this year Dr. Lois Hunkele hopes for a big turnout this year
Dr. Henry Hart talks about the love dogs can bring Dr. Henry Hart talks about the love dogs can bring
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"The biggest thing is that they are an 24 prescription, they are with that veteran all the time."

For Dr. Lois Hunkele of Westover Animal Clinic, man's best friend is the perfect medicine for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. This idea sprouted last year which is why St. Paul's Church is putting together their 2nd Barney's Run for Warriors Saturday.

"The dog will alert the veteran themselves, you know, its okay you're not back in a war area, you're fine," Hunkele said.

These dogs are specially trained to help their owner on several different levels, like object retrieval.

"It gives a veteran maybe that had been house-bound since they have been back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that will they won't be house-bound anymore," Hunkele continued. "They can get out into the community."

Something her co-worker Dr. Hart agrees with.

"And in the companionship comes along with it. It just makes it you know a double winning situation," Hart said.

Helping reduce stress while gaining a new family member.

"This run is for the warriors, that's #1, #2, we'll able to place some dogs with these people so I just think its a wonderful thing," Hart shares.

 A situation that puts rescue dogs into life-changing dogs.

 

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