RENO, Nev. - They're often called the forgotten soldiers; military service dogs who put their own lives on the line to protect our soldiers.
But when they become too old or have been injured, they are no longer able to do their jobs.
The dogs are put through a series of temperament tests, and if they pass, they are adopted out.
However, these dogs are very aggressive, and trained to attack. Many dogs will fail the test, and more often than not, will be euthanized.
Danny Scheurer, a former Marine, owes his life to these military dogs.
"During my last deployment, we had a canine save my unit on several occasions," Scheurer said.
That dog was later put down, because prior to his service, the dog had attacked and killed people.
The dog's fate inspired Scheurer to start a non-profit called Save-A-Vet.
The program will take the dogs deemed too aggressive during the temperament tests and places them with disabled veterans; giving both a second chance at life.
Save-A-Vet works with the veterans, and teaches them how to handle these dogs. Their compensation: free housing. The vets and dogs live in a housing complex built by the organization.
And the program is looking to come to Reno. Scheurer met with the Marine Corps League Tuesday to work on a partnership that would help get the program going.
What Save-A-Vet really needs is land and a location. Danny says he is looking for an abandoned warehouse to convert into housing, because the buildings are wheelchair accessible.
Save-A-Vet relies solely on donations and volunteers. They receive no money from the government. They will also only receive help from American citizens and companies.
You can visit www.saveavet.org to learn more about the program or make a donation.
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