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Meet Ray

Dave's respect and love for animals began when he was just a child watching National Geographic animal shows and only grew when his parents brought home their first dog. As Dave grew up, he had an innate talent for coaching, which he used while coaching youth sports and inspiring adults in the workforce. Dave and his girlfriend adopted a blind Pit Bull/Rottweiler mix named Ray Wonder. Training a dog with vision impairment was no easy task, but Dave's experience throughout his life has prepared him to train Ray with a positive-based training system. Over a decade since Dave adopted Ray, Ray Wonder would allow himself to be dressed for every holiday and occasion, go to schools and juvenile programs to teach children how to approach dogs and general dog care, go on 5K runs and be an ambassador for bully breed dogs around the city.

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WHY IS THIS NUMBER SO HIGH? People tend to disregard their pets at the first sign of behavioral problems. This is the first, most common reason that owners surrender their pets to shelters, or simply abandon them on the streets, Sadly, dogs make up 47% of ALL pets that are "rehomed". Ray's Hope Rescue is on a mission to help address the need to rehabilitate those dogs that are experiencing "behavioral" issues and prepare them to be battle buddies for our Veterans.

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670,000 Dogs Are
Euthanized Every Year

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7.7 Million Americans
Suffer From PTSD

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THE EFFECTS OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) CAN BE FAR-REACHING AND DEBILITATING. The symptoms of PTSD can have a negative impact on your mental health, physical health, work, and relationships. You may feel isolated, have trouble maintaining a job, be unable to trust other people, and have difficulty controlling or expressing your emotions.

Learning healthy strategies for coping with PTSD is possible and can offer a sense of renewal, hope, and control over your life. There are a variety of areas in our lives that can be impacted by the symptoms of PTSD and, in order to work toward a healthy recovery, it is important to give attention to each area.

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