In his new short film, Rocky Kanaka explores the experience of a returning military Veteran and his new dog, highlighting a variety of programs now available around the country.
In these programs, Veterans are paired with rescue dogs who have been carefully selected for their temperament, interest in humans, and ability to pick up on important training.
After assessment and preparation with one of the nonprofits that train military Veteran companion dogs, these rescue dogs are paired with Veterans seeking emotional support and therapy dogs.
With hundreds of thousands of dogs flooding local shelters and rescues each year, there are many opportunities for returning veterans to find a dog that fits their needs; but first, they need to know about this important community resource.
The breed, size, and history of the dog don’t matter; it’s all about finding the right fit for the =veteran’s personality, lifestyle, and needs — and shelter dogs are as different as snowflakes.
The canine star in the video, Bingo, is actually a shelter dog at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. She was given the role, instead of a canine actor, in hopes that the exposure from the video would help her get adopted.
For more information on Bingo, visit her adoption page.
To watch the short film and learn more about how rescue dogs and veterans work together visit: https://rockykanaka.com/service-dogs-for-veterans/
Kanaka is a pet rescue advocate, Emmy Nominated TV host, and content creator. His videos and social channels spread awareness about pet adoption, fostering, and volunteering with the goal of inspiring his audience to help animals in their local community.
He hopes to dismantle false stereotypes about shelter dogs and misunderstood breeds, find homes for abandoned, abused, and neglected animals, and get the word out about life-changing programs like those we’ve featured in this short film.
Rocky calls Southern California his home. Rocky, and his wife Kelly, are pet parents to a rescue boxer named Flip, a terrier mix named Zoey, and Kobe, a blind cane corso.