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Help Animal Fair Support Veterans Suffering from PTSD With K9s For Warriors

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BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS

Molly Bett Kovler

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Support warriors and their K9s in the Chicago area!

Bark Breakfast Benefit Tour in Chicago, Illinois - September 7, 2013 (10am)

Attire: Patriotic - Red, White, and Blue

Dogs are welcome!

Omni Hotel 676 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Every hour a Veteran commits suicide according to the Department of Veteran Affairs! Animal Fair and Wendy Diamond were astonished by this alarming statistic - they partnered with K9s for Warriors to dedicate Wendy’s book tour to raising crucial donations and awareness for this cause. K9s For Warriors rescues dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized, and trains them to be CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified 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 Veterans and service dogs. Only 6% is used for fundraising and overhead. Shari Duval, the founder and Executive Director takes no salary.

In Chicago we will honor Justin, 37, a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Army who served for 7 years. He graduated from K9s For Warriors in May 2012, with Cody, a Labradoodle. Justin needed a hypo-allergenic dog, so K9s For Warriors put out a call far and wide for a special Labradoodle. Cody was found in North Carolina and a foster adoption was arranged. However, the organization had trouble finding transport to K9s For Warriors for Cody's training. Justin called and said he would be happy to personally drive the dog down without knowing that Cody was hand-picked for him! Since the two graduated, Justin has credited Cody and K9s For Warriors for helping him recover: “I went to Iraq in 2003, Afghanistan in 2006 and K9s For Warriors in 2012. I finally made it all the way home back to my family in 2012.”

Dogs are very therapeutic and helpful for treating PTSD and other military-related stresses.

K9′s For Warrior Program/Rescue’s success is a triumph for Veterans. Duval commented, “The warriors arrive here broken on two legs and leave here walking into their recovery on six. They are able to go and do things that were not possible before they received their service dog.” She added, “These dogs provide more medical improvement for the warriors than all the drugs they have been placed on.”

ALL donations raised on September 7, 2013 will directly benefit Veterans in the Chicago area – giving you, the donor, the power to support the Veterans in your local community! The organization is completely transparent, and through Social Media you will be able to follow and track the veteran and service dog that you personally helped save. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will still accept this invitation to get involved with this inspirational endeavor by creating a personal fundraising page to inspire your troops (fans, friends and coworkers) to become involved in a movement that is vital for us all. Your support will bring mainstream awareness to the importance of Service Dogs as the natural cure for PTSD! You can create a personal fundraising page by visiting our page and choosing a city to support, or just being a part of the main campaign! Please note you can donate $10, $20, $100, $500 or sponsor a Veteran/Service Dog Team in your community for $10,000. All donations are appreciated and much needed.

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 Breakfast 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!

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