Rescued Just Hours from Euthanization, Raven to Become a Trained Service Dog


Katie Bales with her future service dog, Raven.

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Here’s an amazing story about how a dog that was just hours from being killed in a Jacksonville shelter has instead become an invaluable companion for a veteran who suffers from PTSD.

Raven was only 3 months old when she was marked aggressive and scheduled to be put down. When [Natalie Tayman, the founder and executive director of Willow’s Second Chances] heard about the dog she drove to Duplin County Animal Hospital and tested the dog’s temperament only a few hours prior to Raven’s scheduled death. Minutes later, Raven and Tayman were walking out the door and on their way to the dog’s new foster home.

Raven was put in a foster home, where she amazed her host family by detecting a child’s seizure and the father’s PTSD episode. Clearly this was a dog with extraordinary senses and compassion. She is now in training to to be a service dog for Katie Bales, who suffers from PTSD.

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