WAVERLY, Iowa - Three service dogs are helping their new owners this morning after a graduation ceremony Thursday night in Waverly.
Retrieving Freedom, a non-profit organization that assists wounded veterans and disabled residents, trained the dogs to provide their new partners with an increased sense of independence and therapeutic companionship.
A second-grade class from West Cedar Elementary worked with Memphis, who’s partner is a child with Autism.
Wartburg College students helped train Trump and Thor, who are partnered with two veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
One veteran says Thor is a godsend.
“Without him, I don’t know if I would have my life back from the military. He’s more than just a pet. Most people get a pet just to have in the house for comfort. He’s like my battle buddy,” said Leroy Wooff.
Retrieving Freedom doesn’t charge clients for service dogs.