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.