“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