By connecting our nation’s military Veterans with rescued animals, Pets for Vets helps create second chances and new beginnings. With over 300 successful matches and counting, we are changing lives one lick at a time.
Making the perfect, lifelong match begins with our dedicated volunteer trainers who help select and prepare animal companions for their new lives. If you are a professional dog trainer who wants to make a difference for Veterans and pets, we would love to have you on our team!
Turn your dollars into real change with a tax-deductible donation to Pets for Vets. Your contribution directly impacts Veterans and their animal companions by providing everything they need to start their life together on the right paw.
To help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by using the power of the human-animal bond to provide a second chance for shelter animals by rescuing, training and pairing them with America's servicemen and women who could benefit from having a companion animal.
Lancaster, PA Chapter is a
Founded on February 28, 2018
This dedicated group works together in Lancaster County to benefit the lives of Veterans and provide shelter animals a second chance.
Meet the Lancaster, PA Chapter Director:
Elizabeth Zorrilla has lived in Lancaster for 27 years and has traveled to different states and countries volunteering. Her background is in nursing/caregiving and she has a love for animals. She enjoys freelance photography in her free time and hiking or being outdoors. Eight years ago, she met her Marine, Jacob, and after he deployed and returned home, she recognized the need for support from their community for Veterans. Elizabeth has a passion for this cause because she has seen how the bond between an animal and Veteran can help with PTSD and other aspects of life. She looks forward to ensuring Lancaster is able to offer this program to the community’s Veterans.
Meet the Lancaster Chapter Team:
Assistant Chapter Director: Sierra Kuhns was born and raised in Lancaster. She comes from a family of Veterans and loves the outdoors, enjoying fishing. She is married to a soldier and is working towards a career that benefits the lives of Veterans. She is thankful to have the opportunity to pay it forward to the most deserving people. Because Lancaster does not have much to offer our servicemen and women in need, her goal is to benefit and help Veterans in obtaining comfort and support.
Veteran Outreach: Kevin Cunrod is a 21 year Navy Vet. As a 16 year F/A18 Hornet Parachute Rigger and 5 year Navy Recruiter, he completed 7 deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan aboard US Navy Aircraft Carriers. “I joined this amazing crew to help Veterans find a partner to help them cope with everyday life after their service to our great country. I look forward to serving you!”
Public Relations: Laura has been in the field of social work for eight years, earning her Master's degree. During her studies, she enjoyed classes that explored the human-animal bond, learning about the positive effects animals have on humans. Laura owns her own rescue dog and has had many family members in the service.
Trainer: Wendy has many family members who have served and are still serving in the military. She has the greatest respect for our military men and woman and the work they do for our country. “If I can give back in even a small way, I am happy to do so and being a part of Pets for Vets seems like a perfect way.” Wendy’s background is in shelter and rescue work, with experience evaluating rescued dogs and matching them successfully with new owners. She has been training dogs since 1976 and professionally for over 27 years. She currently owns and operates Dog Sense, a training and boarding facility, in Lancaster. She has specialized in behavior work for the last 25 years and has enjoyed training thousands of dogs and their owners. With her own pets, she enjoys training and competing in a variety of dog sports including Conformation showing, Obedience, Rally and Trick Dog training. I can’t wait to begin the journey with Pets for Vets!
Trainer: Raquel is a native of Lancaster County with over 15 years experience working with animals and as a trainer. She has worked at the local humane league. She attended Delaware Valley University earning a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Behavior Training & Enrichment/Animal Biotechnology & Conservation. For several years, she worked in training, daycare, pet resort and boarding facilities, as well as veterinary hospitals. In 2011, she began training on her own, developing Sits and Tricks Training to provide various services to the residents of Lancaster County. Raquel is a Certified Pro Dog Trainer and Certified in Pet Emergency CPR and First Aid. She is both a daughter and a wife of Marine Corps Veterans. Both of whom are proud to have served their country and fully support the cause for which Pets for Vets stands. “I have experienced first-hand the emotional and physical struggles with which a Veteran can be faced and the positive support that a pet can offer. I am excited to be able to share my passion, in the hopes of providing them with a lifelong companion who truly inspires them along their journey of life together.”
Trainer: Sabina has worked with people with disabilities since 1977. In 1989, she found a passion in providing Service Dogs to those who physically and emotionally needed assistance. She has been married to an Air Force Veteran for 30 years and has two children and five grandchildren. During those years, Sabina witnessed the toll on a person's spirit, military service can bring. Presently, she supports her husband in the background for his nonprofit, Writeface. She teaches basic obedience at Dog Sense. Photography is her joy. Most of her time is spent restoring antique furniture and managing two antique booths. Additional family members are five Poodles, one German Shepherd, one Siamese cat and a Cockatiel. “I look forward to ‘sharing the love’ pets bring to our lives with our deserving Veterans.”
"He’s more than just a friend. He’s my battle buddy. He’s my left hand. We’re connected by a leash, but it’s really our umbilical cord. He’s sometimes more tuned into me than I’m tuned into me. He knows more about me than I do sometimes. He lets me know what’s going on."
"You would think that a dog is just a dog. That may be true for some, but not me.
I used to sit at home, alone, and just let life pass me by, but now I have a reason to get up. Even if it’s feeding Samson, or taking him for walks, he has motivated me to live again."