The Benton County Animal Shelter (BCAS) is seeking disabled veterans who are in need of service dogs. The shelter began a service dog training program earlier in the year called “Rags to Riches.” The program’s aim is to train shelter dogs with the goal of improving both their lives and the lives of those in need of companions.
“The dogs in the program are doing great,” said shelter director Duane Turner. “We’ve currently got two dogs that are getting closer to being ready for companions. We want to make sure we match the right dog with the right person.”
Turner, along with program trainers Briana Yukniewicz and Zachary Fall, is hoping to find a couple of local disabled veterans to be the first beneficiaries of the program.
“We do ask anybody who is interested to get a doctor’s recommendation for a service animal,” explained Turner. “This could be a special opportunity for the right person. This is a unique chance to be partnered with a trained service animal at little to no cost to you.”
Those who are interested in more information on Rags to Riches are encouraged to call BCAS at 731-584-3152. BCAS, located at 915 Divider and Natchez Trace Road, is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.