PHOTOS: Canines find forever homes through Pflugerville nonprofit

Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation unites German shepherd puppies with military veterans, first responders and emergency medical services personnel. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation unites German shepherd puppies with military veterans, first responders and emergency medical services personnel. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)

Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation unites German shepherd puppies with military veterans, first responders and emergency medical services personnel. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)

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A dozen canines found forever homes Jan. 9 through the Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
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Nonprofit founder Carla Carroll said inspiration for her nonprofit came through working at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, where she meant countless veterans and their service dogs. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
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(Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
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For individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, Carroll said these animals are both forever friends and a central life line. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
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In her dreams, Carroll said she hopes to see her nonprofit grow into a camaraderie house with lodging, on-site counselors and puppy training stations. (Photos courtesy Carla Carroll)
A dozen canines found forever homes Jan. 9 through the Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation. The Pflugerville-based nonprofit organization unites German shepherd puppies with military veterans, first responders and emergency medical services personnel.

Nonprofit founder Carla Carroll said inspiration for her nonprofit came through working at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, where she meant countless veterans and their service dogs.

For individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, Carroll said these animals are both forever friends and a central life line.

"I remember asking them, 'Why do you have a service dog,'" Carroll said. "And they all just said, 'This dog knows me. And when I get a little upset or frightened, she just knows what to do.'"

Jan. 9 marked the nonprofit's first litter of puppies to be united with their named recipients. In her dreams, Carroll said she hopes to see her nonprofit grow into a camaraderie house with lodging, on-site counselors and puppy training stations.


"It's their buddy; it's their best friend," Carroll said. "It's their shadow, and that bond is inseparable."

To read more about the Zeus & Luna 2 Pay It Forward Foundation, click here.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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