LHS is proud to partner with the KY National Guard to provide canines to veterans suffering from PTSD free of ANY adoption fees.  The "Canines Helping Our Military Personnel" (CHOMP) program’s first participant was USMC Sgt. Roger Thacker II, who had dealt with issues relating to PTSD from 2 prior combat deployments.  LHS had the perfect match for Sgt Thacker, Maggie, an 11-month-old Treeing Walker Coonhound. 

"The only thing that was more impressive than watching Maggie's training was witnessing a bond between dog and owner form before our very eyes in such a short time," said the Guard’s CHOMP program coordinator.

"Our son is so excited," said Thacker’s mom.  "Maggie is perfect for him.  I think they were made for each other.  It’s just a wonderful thing.  He really needed this in his life right now and I think she really will help him.”  Thacker’s dad was equally excited about the new addition to the family.  "When Rodger got home with Maggie his face was so lit up, it's as if the man upstairs said ‘we got something for you, son.’”

LHS is very excited about this program and our partnership with KYNG to better the lives of animals and the people who love them.