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Help This Local Nonprofit Pay For PTSD Service Dog's Surgery

Help PAWS Assisting Wounded Veterans pay for surgery on one if their service dogs. The organization provides service dogs to veterans of war suffering from PTSD.

Harold and the folks at Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors need your help. 

Harold is the poster dog for this Palos Heights-based non-profit that provides and trains highly skilled service dogs to wounded veterans. Years of careful training go into making these animals the perfect companions for veterans who need their help. 

Harold is in need of surgery on both of his elbows, they still need about $1,500 to pay for the procedure. 

Expert dog trainer Pam Barnett founded the organization in an effort to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The dogs are provided free of cost to the veterans who undergo extensive training with their animals as well. The service dogs often help difuse stressful situations when their handlers are out in public, or comfort their owners when needed. 

Barnett says that the organization is still growing and that they are dedicated to the cause. 

"[It] sure has been a long road to get where I am today with my veteran organization," Barnett said. "But I know someday soon it will take off and be the best P.T.S.D. service dog program in the country. One day I will have a whole town dedicated to veteran only citizens." 

If you can donate to Harold's surgery just click on the GoFundMe portal above. 

Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors will be holding a fundraiser on Feb. 15 at the Lexington House in Hickory  Hills, where they hope to raise $15,000. For more information about their work or questions about how you can help call (708) 361-3647. 

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