Nonprofit that pairs veterans with therapy animals needs help keeping its doors open

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ODESSA -- An Odessa woman is asking for your help in keeping the doors open of a veteran rescue organization.

Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services is a nonprofit based out of Florida and specializes in animal assisted therapy for veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

The organization not only pairs veterans with animals for much needed healing, but they also rescue abandoned and injured dogs, cats, horses and bunnies who end up being the ones to help save these veterans lives.

Unfortunately the rescue’s horse ranch facility is being sold, leaving their animals with no homes and veterans without therapy.

In an effort to help raise $250,000 needed to build a new facility, Daphne Sullivan will be hosting the Deuces Wild Poker Run on Saturday.

Participants will be asked to visit six different checkpoints using any mode of transportation. At each stop a playing card will be drawn and the person with the best poker hand at the end of the run wins.

The event will begin at noon at the Brotherhood of the 74 Clubhouse located at 5711 Andrews Highway in Odessa.

There will also be food, door prizes and auctions for those who don’t wish to participate in the actual run.

If you would like to participate, just click on the "Poker Run Packet" attached to this article."

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