BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
ORGANIZER: Animal Fair
EVENT DATE: Sep 20, 2013
Animal Fair wrote -
Support warriors and their K9s in the DC area!
Bark Breakfast Benefit Tour in Washington DC - September 20, 2013 (8am)
Attire: Patriotic - Red, White, and Blue
Dogs are welcome!
Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
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 Washington DC, we will honor Jason, 32, who served as a United States Marine Captain for 14 years. He graduated from K9s For Warriors in September 2012 with Axel, a German Shepherd. Axel's story is common at K9s For Warriors: he was found in a rescue shelter without a lot of background history. He is a beautiful, intelligent dog, and progressed through his training at a rapid pace. The day Axel met Jason, it was love at first sight for both of them. Jason had lived in the basement of his home for over a year since his last deployment, isolating himself from his wife and children, losing hope. He tried many treatments and sadly nothing worked - until he met his four-legged prescription, Axel. Since their graduation from the K9s For Warriors program, they have attended Jason’s children’s school activities and coached his son’s basketball team. The pair has attended Washington Redskins football games and are in training for the US Adaptive Snowboarding Team!
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 20, 2013 will directly benefit Veterans in the Washington DC 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!
To learn more about the Veteran, please visit this link: Jason