Valley Dogs Rescue and Veterans and Their Pets Help a Homeless Vet and his Dog

January 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Copper is an Akita/Chinese Shar-Pei mix dog that was found locked inside an abandoned home with no food or water.


The family had left days prior to a man finding her while checking on the house. She was just 8 weeks old and starving. The man took her in, nursed her back to health and made her his family.


Copper’s new dad is a Vietnam Veteran and has fallen on hard times. They were homeless and living across the street from the VA in a storage area behind a gas station. Mid November Valley Dogs / Veterans and Their Pets℠- VaTP ( received a call from the VA requesting immediate assistance with Copper because her dad needed to be hospitalized. Valley Dogs arranged for her to be transferred to a boarding facility while they worked on a temporary foster. While in Valley Dog’s care, they updated all her shots, bathed, micro chipped and spayed her. Just prior to Thanksgiving, they reunited Copper with her dad. Since she had just been fixed and it was cold and rainy, they could not have her living on the street. So, VaTP℠ placed them in a hotel while Valley Dogs worked with the VA to find them a halfway house. Space was available but not for both dad and Copper. This was not acceptable to her dad and he would choose to live on the street. So, VaTP℠ and the VA worked together until they found a home that would accept both Copper and dad. They now are getting back on their feet, healthy and looking for employment so they can be self sufficient.


Copper is a perfect (poster dog) for homeless Veterans animals. She is well behaved and highly social. She is always a happy girl and loves people.


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