SBF and Giving Tuesday

SBF and Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Last year over 700,000 people from over 70 countries raised $116,000,000 on this one special day of giving. This one-day event is a global effort to raise funds for nonprofits with causes that make a difference. Soldier’s Best Friend is one of those great causes. Won’t you please check out our page and help us spread the word?

Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide.

Black Friday Savings for Golf Tournament!

Black Friday Savings for Golf Tournament!

Save $200 on the Annual Golf Tournament Registration for Foursomes!

Price effective November 25, 2016 to November 28, 2016 at Midnight

We have spots for 12 more golfers in our upcoming golf tournament. Take advantage of our Black Friday limited offer and join us on Saturday, December 3 for a fun day. This limited offer includes $300 foursomes and $75 single registrations. That’s a savings of $200 for a foursome and $50 for a single golfer.

Soldier’s Best Friend 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation | The Parker Team
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Grand Canyon University Golf Course | 5902 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ
4 person scramble – Check-in at 7:30 am   Shotgun start at 8:30 am

In Honor of our Veterans

In Honor of our Veterans

On this day of remembrance and gratitude, we celebrate the men and women who have bravely served our nation and fought to maintain our freedoms. For some the fight continues, long after they return home. We encourage everyone to be aware of the internal battles that veterans may face. Today, and everyday, we thank all veterans for your service, courage, and strength.

SBF on Fox 10 Phoenix: Grand Opening of Training Campus

SBF on Fox 10 Phoenix: Grand Opening of Training Campus

Soldier’s Best Friend celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Training Campus on November 3, 2016. Fox 10 Phoenix interviewed Founder and Board President John Burnham, DVM about the important of the new Training Campus and the positive impact it will make.


‘Soldier’s Best Friend’ helps Valley veterans fight PTSD

By: FOX 10 Staff

Posted:Nov 03 2016 12:37PM MST

Updated:Nov 03 2016 09:54PM MST

A Valley non-profit has trained hundreds of service dogs for vets with PTSD.

And they’ve done it without a facility that they could call their own.

But on Thursday it all changed.

The bond between a veteran and the furry friends beside them can be special and life-changing.

“Anywhere from tear-jerking to literally taking your breath away,” John Brunham said.

Five-and-a-half-years-ago, John was inspired to being “Soldier’s Best Friend.” As a veterinarian and now the non-profit’s president, he’s seen how a service dog can help in the battle against PTSD.
‘Soldier’s Best Friend’ helps Valley veterans fight PTSD

“We hear from veterans directly, we hear from spouses and significant others, we hear from moms and dads; the changes that they’ve seen in themselves or in their loved ones and how they’ve begun to adjust to civilian life,” he said.

The organization spends six-to-nine months training the dogs to perform tasks like fetching medication or simply staying by a veteran’s side. Until today, all of that training has been in shared spaces around the Valley.


Source: Fox 10 Phoenix << Read full story

SBF Grand Opening featured on Glendale Daily Planet

SBF Grand Opening featured on Glendale Daily Planet

Soldier’s Best Friend celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Training Campus on November 3, 2016. The Glendale Daily Planet covered the event.

Touching 2 Lives at Once: Soldier’s Best Friend grand opening

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, was the official grand opening for Soldier’s Best Friend, 14505 N. 75thAvenue, Peoria, Arizona, 85381.

Soldier’s Best Friend provides United States military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters.

Soldier’s Best Friend is a 501(3)3 tax exempt organization founded in 2011.

After the veteran or active military member is accepted to the program, they begin training with our professional trainers. They are provided a rescued/shelter dog or train with their own dog, if it meets SBF’s criteria. Training takes about 6-9 months. The pair attend training classes two times a week. During training the dog lives with the veteran. There is no cost to the veteran for placement, training and basic supplies. The approximate cost to pair, equip and train is $4,000, per team. There are currently 41 teams currently in training as of last month. Three-hundred and 25 have been accepted into the program. And as of September 2016, one-hundred and 50 teams have graduated from the program. Over one-hundred dogs have been rescued from local shelters.

Source: Glendale Daily Planet << click here for full story