OFP has served 462 clients and rescued 386 dogs from shelters

Dave and Becca train at the OFP facility in San Martin. The group celebrates 10 years this month.
Photo by Kaylee Arca

By Kaylee Arca

Operation Freedom Paws is celebrating a decade of life-changing therapy. The nationally renowned nonprofit organization pairs veterans, first responders and children who suffer from PTSD and psychological and physical disabilities with service dogs for a 48-week training and healing regiment.

Photo Kaylee Arca
Crystle and her dog Lexi train at the Operation Freedom Paws facility in San Martin.

OFP hosted a gala Saturday, Sept. 25, to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Guests were entertained with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and live music including from a band made up of former clients.

Gilroy resident Mary Cortani began the program in January 2010 when a Marine veteran named Josh called her on the phone looking for a service dog. He could not afford the e