NISKAYUNA — The premise of Operation At Ease is simple: fulfilling the needs of
veterans struggling with PTSD and finding a loving home for
dogs who have recently been rescued — “saving one life to greatly benefit another,” as one volunteer puts it.
But for the people and dogs that Joni Bonilla and her team have paired together, it’s much more than that.
“Our bond is unbreakable. She is in tune with my emotions and even my facial expressions. When I need a day just to unwind at home she will gladly sit at my feet for hours looking up and checking in on me between naps,” Marine veteran Eddie Reynolds said of his dog, Callie.
He is working through OAE to have Callie become a certified service dog.
Bonilla, a Niskayuna resident, founded Operation At Ease in the spring of 2015 to join together people struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with rescue dogs who need a home. Read More...