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      Shelter plays matchmaker to pets and vets

      T he Otsego County Animal Shelter started a program to match loving pets with local veterans.


      F

      or some veterans

      ,

      re-adjusting to everyday life can be difficult when returning from serving our country.

      W

      ith in that in mind

      ,



      T

      he
      Otsego County Animal Shelter started a program to match loving pets with local veterans.


      M

      arley

      the basset hound

      was recently adopted by
      Alan Davis, a former marine who served in Vietnam.


      "

      It took so long to try and
      eliminate the bad things I observed," Davis said.


      D

      avis says that after many years the bad memories of war wouldn't go away.


      B

      ut once the
      Otsego County Animal Shelter paired him with a companion things started to get better.


      "

      You develop new memories and you can let the other memories
      slowly dissolve," Davis said.


      T

      he match-makers behind this program are
      Lynn and Andrew Fabbo. Two Veterans who knew exactly what some fellow vets are struggling with.


      "

      When your hearts racing and you really can't put your finger on why
      or you're nervous and you're lonely and having a pet to sit in your lap or even across the room is something to bring you back to an even keel," Lynn Fabbo said.


      T

      he program is free to all veterans.

      A

      ll you have to do is apply and if approved

      ,

      the staff at the
      animal shelter will match you with a cat or dog.


      "

      It's a win-win situation

      ," Animal Control Officer Kristie Foguth said.



      "T

      hese animals

      ,

      they appreciate a home and they love a home and have somebody that really appreciates them back

      ,

      you can't beat that

      ."

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