To help Veterans transition to civilian life, we adopt and train shelter pets to match with servicemen and women who could benefit from having a custom trained working animal. Louie, a black Labrador mix, and Alfred, a Cargo Specialist in the Air Force from 1981 until 1986, are a perfect example. Louie loves to take his time on walks, checking out the sights, sounds and smells and has quickly become Alfred’s “best friend”! Louie is a quiet dog, rarely barking, loves people of all ages and especially loves being physically close to Alfred. Louie, selected from a local shelter, had a wonderful temperament but skin issues. After several weeks of special food and medical treatment, Louie was in perfect health with a beautiful coat and ready to be matched with Alfred. Alfred said, “I have met many people at home because of Louie, everyone thinks he's beautiful and such a good dog, so they come and ask about him and pet him. He loves the attention. I am so grateful and happy that you matched us together, wherever I go, he is 2 steps behind me or sits right underneath me or in my line of sight.” CFC helps us provide the program free of cost to all our Veteran clients, which includes training, veterinary care and a Welcome Package of needed equipment. With CFC’s help we are able to continue to support Alfred and Louie for the life of the match, ensuring an ongoing thank you to Alfred for his service!