Elliot & Friends

Caleb Edwards plays fetch with his dog Elliot in their Caldwell backyard, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

Caleb Edwards, along with several of his friends, launched a canine rescue nonprofit in Caldwell, Elliot and Friends, earlier this year.

The organization is named after Edwards’ dog, who he credits with pulling him out of multiple panic attacks. Though Edwards is a Navy veteran, he said his anxiety stemmed from personal reasons, rather than his experience in the military.

“He just tries to distract me from whatever is going on inside my head,” Edwards said.

Elliot and Friends aims to relieve the pressure at other local dog shelters by finding foster families for some of their dogs. Kierra Larson, with the West Valley Humane Society, said the shelter as of Sept. 12 had 166 dogs but only 145 kennels. On average, the shelter takes in more than 10 dogs per week.

Members of the military can adopt a dog 6 months old and up for $20. Puppies that are 8 weeks to 6 months old will cost $200. He said the rescue will offer adoptions for everyone, not just military members.

Erin Bamer is the Nampa/Caldwell reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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