BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
ORGANIZER: Animal Fair
EVENT DATE: Nov 14, 2013
Animal Fair wrote -
Every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs; most suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This horrible epidemic is among the 2.4 million veterans and active duty members returning home – 184 new cases are diagnosed every single day! K9s For Warriors rescues dogs prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is 100% proven, transparent and successful! 94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veteran & service dogs. Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. Shari Duval, the Founder and Executive Director of K9s For Warriors doesn’t receive a salary.
We hope you can you can attend our benefit on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Omni Hotel or if you are unable consider donating $10.00, $100.00 or what ever amount you can afford to help a Veteran with PTSD in Dallas receive a service dog from K9s For Warriors.
In 1999, Wendy Diamond founded Animal Fair Media and is a pioneer in the pet industry; merging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue. She changed the face of the pet market and animal rescue world forever. Since she launched Animal Fair Media, the number of animals euthanized annually has dropped by 58 percent, from 12 million to 4 million this past year.
After learning the troubling statistic that every 65 minutes a veteran struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) commits suicide, Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescued service dogs. Diamond commented, “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom and it’s time that the two and four-legged roll over and fight for them.”
Animal Fair Media and Wendy have set off on The Bark Business ten-city national tour. This tour is uniquely exciting as Wendy will be raising awareness and donations for the K9s For Warriors. The ten city nationwide tour will promote a positive work environment, with both small and large businesses joining together for social good by supporting K9s For Warriors!
Wendy Diamond has dedicated her new book, How To Train Your Boss to Roll Over, to all the veterans who work tirelessly and selflessly defending our freedoms. The book is an entertaining and instructional manual threaded with Wendy’s trademark levity and wit that reinterprets successful dog-training strategies for the workplace. On the tour, Wendy will encourage everyone in the work world to engage in social good and make a difference by supporting our veterans through K9s For Warriors.
Kevin, who will be honored in Dallas, was a United States Army Staff Sergeant and served 12 years. He graduated K9s For Warriors where he was paired with Patriot, a Labrador. Patriot, a small black lab with a big heart, was found in the Flagler Humane Society. The head trainer at K9s For Warriors had decided to release Patriot from the program due to concerns for his size but Patriot had another idea. The day Kevin arrived at K9s For Warriors, Patriot was playing with a volunteer and he raced over to Kevin, jumped into his lap and declared this was his warrior. Kevin asked if Patriot could be his dog and the trainers said they were concerned he was too small but they would give it a few days and see. That night Kevin had a terrible nightmare and Patriot gently woke him up, that was all: Patriot was declared his service dog. The two have gone on many outings since they graduated from the K9s For Warriors’ program including posing for picture with President Bush at a golf tournament.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, the tour will 100% benefit K9s For Warriors. Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets knows that natural nutrition is imperative for service dogs (and all dogs) because it ensures a long, happy life with their parents, and are on board with supporting the K9s For Warriors Bark Business Benefit Tour! American Express Open has partnered with us to empower and support Veteran small business owners. The Loews and Omni pet-friendly hotels are graciously providing the space for the Bark Business Breakfast, so we can gather, raise money, and get the bark out about K9s For Warriors!
The Bark Business Breakfast will dance its way to Dallas on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Omni Hotel at 8AM.
Please attend this wonderful benefit or donate to a Veteran in Dallas! Please join us in supporting a veteran with PTSD and a rescued service dog in Dallas. The cost for you and your patriotic pooch to attend this barking event is $116.00; a donation towards K9s For Warriors. You can donate as little as $10, $50, $100, $2,000, or become the honorary chair in Dallas for $10,000! This program is 100% transparent, and 96 cents of every dollar benefits the veterans! Get involved by barking about it and donating here.
Bark Business Benefit Tour in Dallas
Please join us for a patriotic breakfast to honor K9s For Warriors, meet graduates and celebrate National Service Dog Month!
Date: November 14, 2013
Attire: Red, White, and Blue!
Place: Omni Hotel Dallas 221 East Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
BARK ABOUT IT – DONATE – VOLUNTEER – SHARE - GATHER YOUR TROOPS – TELL FRIENDS, CO- WORKERS & FAMILY! CREATE A FUNDRAISER!
To learn more about the Veteran, please vist this link: Kevin