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'22 in 22' effort aimed at saving shelter dogs while also saving veterans from suicide

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Marley's Mutts and Vet Friends Foundation are teaming up over the next few weeks to save dogs from shelters in the name of raising awareness for veteran suicide.

This is the third year the two nonprofits are teaming up for the "22 in 22" initiative, during which they'll rescue at least one dog a day for 22 straight days.

The 22 days is in honor of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

Both organizations are hopeful they can get the dogs into the homes of veterans who need some help and companionship, which ultimately they believe will help prevent suicide.

"That's what these dogs do," said Zach Skow with Marley's Mutts. "Dogs are medicine, and we want to get them out to as many people as possible so they can experience that medicine."

If any veteran is interested in adopting a dog, they can contact either organization, and they will waive all adoption fees.

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