Petco Foundation Invests in Withers for Warriors’ Life-Changing Work Supporting Equine Assisted Therapy for Second Consecutive Year

2019 Petco Award Ceremony

Investment of $4,000 will extend efforts to help rescued horses and people in the Greater Las Vegas Area live their best lives

Las Vegas, February 4, 2020 – Withers for Warriors of Las Vegas announced it has been awarded a $4,000 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its mission to reduce the symptoms of PTSD using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) through the care and rehabilitation of the rescued horses that make up the Withers for Warriors foundation therapy herd.

2019 Petco Award Ceremony
2019 Petco Award Ceremony

“This grant from the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes campaign is going to make all the difference for us to provide second chances not only to the horses we adopt and rescue but also for the people we serve through Withers for Warriors,” said Jessie Kuntz, Founder of Withers for Warriors. “The Petco Foundation investment will help to care for and further rehabilitate the rescued horses we acquired in 2019.  In addition to the rehabilitation of the rescued horses making up the therapy herd, the Petco Foundation investment will also buy necessary supplements and assist in covering any veterinary costs that arise with the appropriate care of these special working animals.”This grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in which Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the life-changing work of service, therapy, and working animals. Since 2012, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $147 million to support the transformative effect that therapy, service, and working animals have on people across the country.

Withers for Warriors is an organization serving the Las Vegas area, exploring the reduction of symptoms of PTSD, from a wide variety of causes including but not limited to combat, domestic violence, and abuse, using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).  Our specially trained therapy horses distinguish between neurotypical humans and people experiencing psychological trauma. This is evident through different behaviors and physiological parameters, which the horses mirror back to people, creating the environmental conditions for healing and recovery. Since 2017, Withers for Warriors has been awarded the Guidestar Platinum Seal, and partnered with SafeNest of Las Vegas, Tao Cares, Spirit Airlines, and Montana Silversmiths.

For more information about the Petco Foundation, visit petcofoundation.org. For more information about Withers for Warriors, visit withersforwarriors.com.

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About Withers for Warriors

Withers for Warriors is grounded in a unified approach to the science of psychology that assimilates and integrates key insights from major approaches (e.g., CBT, humanistic, psychodynamic) into a coherent whole.  Withers for Warriors’ mission is to establish structured Equine Assisted Therapy in Southern Nevada.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $260 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

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