As we pause on Memorial Day to honor the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country, let’s also remember our military veterans who came back home and now live with their wounds of war. Many need our help, and the need will continue for the foreseeable future. In Arizona alone, it is estimated that more than 120,000 veterans are affected by PTSD. We ask you to consider supporting our mission. You can significantly impact the lives of veterans, their families and communities, and rescued dogs. You can truly make a difference.
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.
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.
- 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
- Provide onsite training classes for fosters
- Create a new community resource
- Expand volunteer engagement opportunities
Groundbreaking Ceremony – February 18, 2016 – Peoria, AZ
Another milestone reached in the journey toward construction of the first dedicated training campus for our service dog training program. Watch for updates in the coming months.
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
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has remembered us with your year-end giving. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We are proud to announce the graduation of five more teams. Each of these veteran/dog teams worked very hard to pass all the requirements to qualify as a service dog. The addition of these teams brings the total to 117 veteran/dog teams that have successfully graduated the program. See more photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersBestFriend
Dedicate, honor or memorialize a friend or loved one during this holiday season. A unique gift idea that will last for many years to come. Go to the Paver Fundraiser page for more details.
We are thankful for all our friends and supporters. Thank you for making a difference through your support of the veterans and dogs who are benefiting from our service dog training program. Have a wonderful holiday.