In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview US Air Force Security Forces veteran and founder of Companions for Heroes, David Sharpe.

For the past year, I have had the privilege of working with Companions for Heroes through my own USA made pet supply company, MallardMade. While MallardMade is currently on hiatus (as you can learn about in episode 21 of Keep Moving Forward), the connections I made through the wonderful Companions for Heroes have remained, and I am so grateful for that. Companions for Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the ambitious vision of helping every American hero and saving every shelter or rescue animal from euthanasia. If you own a dog or a cat of your own, you understand firsthand the influence your furry best friend can have on your mood. Having grown up with dogs my whole life, I know I certainly do. Dave Sharpe recognized the impact animals could have not just on your everyday mood, but also on those individuals who suffer from even greater needs. After returning from the frontline and suffering deeply from depression and post traumatic stress, or PTS, Dave recognized his need for something to turn his life around. He found that something in a rescue pit bull named Cheyenne, and she inspired him to not only keep moving forward with his life, but to create an organization where other American heroes suffering from physical, mental, and emotional ailments might find refuge. Pairing shelter animals in need with a US hero in need is a beautiful sentiment and the results speak for themselves. With over 900 pairings made, Companions for Heroes just continues to grow. It was an honor to speak with this American hero who fought for our country and founded this incredible organization which saves the lives of not only our veterans, but of animals who would undoubtedly be put down otherwise. I can’t thank him enough for this opportunity, and I hope that you enjoy my conversation with the founder of Companions for Heroes, Dave Sharpe.

If you would like to learn more about Dave and Companions for Heroes, you can visit http://companionsforheroes.org/ and donate to help their cause today. Furthermore, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @CompanionsForHeroes. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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