Amazing Animals

Southwest Honors PTSD Service Dog On Her Final Flight

We’d like to introduce you to Kaya. She is a German Shephard service dog trained to help veterans with mental health challenges.

Kaya was also the inspiration for the PAWS Act – A Veterans Affairs program that provides grants for the provision of service dogs to certain veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kaya has been with her handler Cole, a Marine Corps veteran, since 2014.

This is Kaya in 2016. She’s ordering a shot to celebrate the birthday of the US Marine Corps.

She has traveled all around raising awareness for service dogs.

Sadly, Kaya was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She took her final flight to pass away in her home state of Texas.

She got a hero’s send-off with the pilot acknowledging her 300+ flights to help raise awareness for service animals.

Kaya passed away on February 4th, 2023.

We’d like to express our deepest condolences to Cole.

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