“I realized that when I was with Abraham, I no longer felt the stress of the world.”Jason ManleyRetired Army Veteran (rescue dog placement Abe)
“He gives me a purpose. I love that, I appreciate that. I have a reason to get up every morning and enjoy every day.”Damon WrightArmy Veteran (rescue dog placement Bandit)
“Daisy has brought a lot of joy to my household. She’s always there for me and loves to cuddle.”Nicholas BergMarine Corps Veteran (rescue dog placement Daisy)
A Pup With A Purpose.
This Brown Boxer Gave Veterans Hope.
More than man’s best friend. Abe joined retired Army Staff Sergeant and combat veteran, Jason Manley, on a mission to inspire and educate the public about the importance of the human-animal bond between a veteran and his dog. The heartwarming story of the decorated sergeant and his fury rescuer became a message of hope for veterans – everywhere.
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Rescuing Dogs to Rescue Veterans
A small, but mighty, group of strangers join together to make a huge impact in the lives of rescue dogs and veterans.
Our Founding Members, and why they chose to stand with Abe
- J Wendell Miller
- Ua Chamberlain
- Amy Pierce
- Chris Hawker
- Val Hoover
- Jason Manley & Jess Manley
- Chris Macisco & Heather Lane
- Todd Ruthemeyer
- Sharon Cox
- Kent Larsson
- Michele Bertoia
- David Curley
- Robert Holmes
- Jason Cannon & Kelli Cannon
- Thomas Grimm & Veronica Grimm
- Cassie Kurtz
- Austin Castle
- Jerrica Decker
- Penny Martin
- Jeff Scolnick
Tad Steinberg & April Sinclair
- Mark McCloskey & Michele McCloskey
- Harold Highland
- Sanjiv Beri
- Debi Johnson
- Dr. Cheryl Novas
- Anne Petit
- Dr. Maria Sember & Anthony Sabatino
- Kelly Cook Photography
“As a military couple, we are well aware of the lack of support some veterans have after leaving the service. This is a great way to help correct that!”Maria Sember, DOFounding Member
“I was one of the lucky ones to meet Abe in person. I'm WIth Abe to honor his legacy and to help continue his impact on countless veterans' lives!”Ua ChamberlainFounding Member
“Having both family & friends who are veterans, I’m honored to be one of the Founding members of “I’m With Abe”. My love of dogs is just the bonus!”Anne PetitFounding Member
“I’m honored to support such an amazing cause. Veterans give so much for people they’ve never even met. This is the least we can do for them!!”Kelli CannonFounding Member
“In this time of uncertainty, the VCAS mission is a beacon of hope to so many in need and a reminder of the good that exists in the world!”Chris MaciscoFounding Member
“I'm with Abe because supporting the pairing of dogs and veterans is life-changing for both!”Cassie KurtzFounding Member
“Two great causes combined in one endeavor. Helping dogs that need homes while also helping veterans who have served our country!”Mark and Michele McCloskeyFounding Members
“Veterans give their all for everyone of us. Dogs give their all because its their nature. What a wonderful way to support and advocate for both.”Michele BertoiaFounding Member
You're with Abe, Abe's with veterans, and we're with you.
When we started this journey our vision was to support a handful of veterans each year through rescue dog placements. As time has gone on, we realize that the need is much greater. With so many veterans in our community seeking the life-changing benefits of a dog we need to do more…we need to serve more.
In the spring of 2020, the world lost a dog that embodied the mission of VCAS. Abraham Lincoln, retired Army Staff Sergeant Jason Manley’s dog, was sadly lost due to a terminal illness. Though Abe is no longer with Jason and all those who knew him, what he did for veterans will never be forgotten.
In honor of Abe and what he stood for, we have created the I’m With Abe Club. The I’m With Abe Club is a legacy for Abe that will help countless veterans find support, healing and hope through dogs. Through awareness and monthly donors, the I’m With Abe Club will allow for increased numbers of rescue dog placements with veterans in a timely manner; allowing veterans to receive needed support quickly without being on waitlists for years.
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Fundraising Made Easy
Whether you’re reaching out to friends and family via social media, corporations via email, or old-school folks via mail – we’ve got you covered!
Veterans have protected our freedom, defended our country, and sacrificed their lives for ours.
Abe, once rescued from a shelter, reinvigorated the purpose and drive of one of our veteran heroes, Jason Manely. Together they worked tirelessly to serve our veteran community and give peace back to our soldiers. Make a difference in the life of a United States veteran and become a member of the I’m With Abe Club!
Thank you to our amazing Gala Sponsors!
Veteran Companion Animal Services
Founded in 2013, Veteran Companion Animal Services (VCAS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to serve veterans and/or military families through the benefits of the human-animal bond. To fulfill this purpose, VCAS focuses on placing rescue animals with veterans and military families where companion animal ownership will be beneficial. VCAS provides financial support that assists with general care costs, training, and veterinary expenses so that companion animal ownership is an option and not a burden.
Rescue Dog Placements
Many service men and women return home finding that their structure and purpose have been lost. VCAS gets to know the veteran and matches them with a rescue dog that will fit their lifestyle and needs – creating a mutually beneficial relationship.
Dog Training Programs
The Frontline Dog Training Program is a 7-week long training class taught by a professional dog trainer. These trainings are open and at no cost to all veterans and military families that currently own a dog.
Veteran Community Outings
After a veteran receives a dog or attends a training class they are still a part of the VCAS family. The community events we host give veterans a chance to build lasting friendships and create an atmosphere to connect with other veterans and have fun.
We realize that veterans are a population that need our support and we take pride in being able to connect veterans with numerous resources to support them.