Stiggy's Dogs is dedicated to the support of our Military Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We rescue dogs from the shelter and train them to be Psychiatric Therapy Dogs.
The organization Stiggy's Dogs was named after HM3 Benjamin Phillip "Doc Stiggy" Castiglione. He gave his life working as a Corpsman in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan, taking care of "his Marines" until September 3rd 2009. HM3 Benjamin "Doc Stiggy" Castiglione, was respected by his Marines and known for his determination, professionalism mixed with sharp wit. To his family he is remembered for his caring nature, his love for family and dogs.
Psychiatric Service Dogs aid people with mental illnesses, from anxiety disorder, TBI and PTS. These dogs are taught specific tasks ranging from: reminding veterans to take their medicine, waking them up from a nightmare or alarm clock ringing, to directing them through a crowd.
Stiggy’s Dogs all pass the Canine Good Citizen Certification, and then be paired with their handlers for further training. Since each veteran is an individual, and each experiences their disability uniquely, then each Stiggy’s Dogs are individually trained to meet their veteran’s specific needs.
There are estimated 5 million dogssitting in shelters across America, many to be euthanized. Many of those dogs could make an excellent Psychiatric Therapy Dog for a Veteran. By uniting them we are “Rescuing One to Rescue Another.”
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