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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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