Congratulations to the eight veteran/dog teams who recently graduated the SBF service dog training program. This raises our total to 126 graduate teams. Congratulations to all of these hard working veterans and service dogs. Thank you to our trainers for helping them reach this goal.
The Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge
Double Your Gift – Double Your Impact Challenge Deadline: September 15, 2016
For every donation made by September 15, 2016 designated for the training campus, The Dorrance Family Foundation will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000. This challenge grant gives supporters the opportunity to double the impact of their donations.
Estimated cost of the Soldier’s Best Friend Training Campus construction project is $750,000. Reaching the goal of The Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge provides the remaining funding needed for construction. Help build the first dedicated training campus for the veterans and dogs in the SBF service dog training program. Your gift will have a lasting impact on these brave heroes, both human and canine, now and for many years in the future.
Description of Project:
Construction of a 4640 sq. ft. training center. Most of the interior space will be flexible and open to accommodate veteran/dog team training sessions. Plans include a small office, reception area, storage, kennel/grooming space. The campus will include: training building, parking lot, open outdoor training space, small administrative office/meeting space.
Capital Project Funding Needs:
Construction of training center
Building a parking lot
Lighting and Signage
Complete minor improvements to existing administrative office
Benefits of Training Center:
Serve more veterans per year
Rescue more Arizona homeless dogs
Increase training hours per week
More flexibility in training schedule
Offer extended hours for evening and weekend training
Provide temporary housing for rescued dogs while in transition
Option to partially pretrain dogs in certain circumstances
Did you see Tobey, David and Caleb interviewed on Channel 3 to promote SBF and the Sporting Clay event? Reporter Jared Dillingham has helped us promote this fundraising event two years in a row. Are you registered? Do you know anyone who would like to participate? It’s not too late, but please hurry so we can be prepared.
Happy New Year from everyone at Soldier’s Best Friend. We are looking forward to sharing new developments with you as the year progresses. Watch our website, newsletter and Facebook page for announcements. Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersBestFriend