"Animals that go through this, it's like an abused person," Collins explained. "He's been treated very poorly in the past." But in spite of his rough start, Chester's shown nothing but gentleness and spirit, she said.
"He's very affectionate, very sweet, very shy," Collins explained.
And because of that sweetness, staff members aren't the only ones counting on Chester to pull through. For the past few months he's been working with trauma survivors and veterans with PTSD to help them overcome their own rough pasts, and the clients have come to rely on him, Collins said.