Meet Dustin & Nigel

If it wasn’t for Shelter to Soldier, I don’t know if I would still be around. My service dog, Nigel, helps me live a normal life by mitigating my Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms. Shelter to Soldier saved both of our lives.” – Dustin Potash, US Army

Nigel, generously sponsored by UNITE Hair, graduated with his veteran, Dustin Potash, US Army in January 2021. Nigel is a spunky and goofy pit bull mix who loves his job as Dustin’s psychiatric service dog. We adopted Nigel from our friends at Labs & More Rescue out of San Diego, CA. Nigel’s family not only includes his Dad, Dustin, but also brother Kylo the therapy dog and soon to arrive baby (human) brother!

Since graduating our program, Dustin has joined our team as our Veteran Advocate, helping veterans through the application process, supporting veterans in our training program and post-graduation, and assisting with veteran outreach throughout the Southern California region.

Photo Credit: Allison Shamrell Pet Photography


Every dollar helps us fulfill our mission of saving lives, two at a time™

Supporting our mission allows us to rescue more dogs for our program, and provides the funding we need to support all of their needs from medical care to safe housing over the course of their 12-18 month training program and subsequent training with their veteran handler.

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