Shelter to Soldier

Help us save lives, two at a time

Meet Tiger

Adopted and now in training

The Journey Begins

Tiger (or “Ty” for short) is a one year old Australian Cattle dog mix. He loves people and he loves to learn and train. Tiger is a bit of a charmer and truly is destined for greatness. He met all the requirements to be accepted into the Shelter to Soldier training program and was adopted from a local San Diego shelter on September 12, 2020.  

With the generosity and support of those who donated to our mission, the $15,000 Ensight raised allows Shelter to Soldier to cover the complete costs of a single dog’s training program. The funding provides support for all of Tiger’s needs such as adoption, training, food, equipment, treats, toys, medical care and safe housing over the course of the 12-18 month training program and subsequent training with a veteran.

UPDATED 12/1/2020: Our ‘big goofy guy’ is doing great in his training as Shelter to Soldier continues to harness his working energy into improved focus every day.  Tiger has been getting off-site work on his community obedience, and is ‘truly progressing beautifully’ in the Shelter to Soldier program. 

UPDATED 2/9/2021: Tiger is advancing nicely in his obedience training and has continued working on his public access manners. He has also begun meeting approved veterans through the Shelter to Soldier program. Tiger hopes to meet his match in the near future!

UPDATED 7/9/2021: We are pleased to announce that Tiger has been matched with a US Navy Veteran, and the pair are working well in their handling lessons. The next step for them is to take and pass their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam, so they can start off-site lessons to assist in their training as a team in real-life scenarios and environments.

Tiger - Shelter to Soldier

As Tiger begins his journey, it’s time to set out for our second mission to raise another round of funding to support the adoption, training and pairing  of another dog to a US veteran. If you’d like to join us, please donate via the “Donate Now” button below or visit sheltertosoldier.org.

Our Next Mission




Saving lives, two at a time

Shelter to Soldier™ is a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences.

We’re changing the game for veterans on the home front. They have sacrificed everything to protect our freedom, and its our turn to help them. 

Paired with a mission to provide homeless dogs with a new purpose, Shelter to Soldier is dedicated to Saving Lives, Two at a Time by serving veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. 

Shelter to Soldier’s mission is simple. They adopt dogs with an otherwise uncertain future and train them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from invisible wounds, placing them at no charge.

Join the movement and get involved today by becoming a fundraiser!

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Their Success Stories


Tank came into our program in June 2014 through the sponsorship of The Wintercreek Foundation. Ben applied to our program in the Spring of 2015, and was perhaps one of our most driven applicants.


 Jax is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois adopted from San Diego Department of Animal Services Bonita Shelter in September 2016. Jax is full of spunk and life, and we are thrilled to have him in our program. He is very affectionate, enjoys going for walks and loves playing ball as a training reward.  


Lady Liberty was adopted from the San Diego Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad. She was there for a little over a month and had already been adopted and returned because she was pestering livestock. This energetic pup was just in need of a job to keep her out of trouble! She loves people and […]

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