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A dozen dogs rescued from Tropical Storm Barry

Posted: 11:42 PM, Jul 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-13 23:45:32-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A group of Southwest Florida volunteers drove to Louisiana to rescue a dozen dogs who’ll be trained to become service dogs for local veterans.

The volunteers are a part of Wolfhounds Legacy, a non-profit charity that trains service dogs for disabled veterans. Once the dogs are all checked out, cleaned up and trained, they’ll get paired with a disabled veteran like Dan McCaslin.

“When you can take somebody like myself that has diabetes and find out that an animal can be trained to literally save my life,” he said. “it’s amazing.”

Trained dogs can calm vets living with PTSD, get medicine for owners, and if there’s a medical emergency, they can even call for help.

McCasslin said the tropical storm rescue is an all-around win.

“Our dogs are our heroes…sorry…and our veterans that are our heroes will get the help they are needed,” he said.

The dogs will go through an eight-month training period before they're paired with a veteran. But first they’ll get medical attention at Viscaya Animal Hospital in Cape Coral.

For more information on Wolfhounds Legacy, you can visit