Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Thank you to all the veterans who sacrificed for our country to protect our freedom. Our Facebook page has good information for helping pets who react to fireworks. If you are a veteran, family or friend of a veteran who is struggling with the holiday, the VA Crisis Line is available 24/7 with confidential support. See contact information below.

SBF Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoldiersBestFriend

VA Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/  information or chat online
send text to: 838255

SBF Golf Tournament – December 3, 2016

SBF Golf Tournament – December 3, 2016

Sponsorship opportunities are open to support the 6th Annual Soldier’s Best Friend Golf Tournament. Come on board now to take full advantage of all your sponsorship benefits. Questions? Contact Soldier’s Best Friend at 623.218.6486 or [email protected]

Thank you for considering a Sponsorship opportunities to support this important fundraiser and, more importantly, to support our brave veterans and their canine partners.

Player registration will open in July.

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Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

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.

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126 Graduates

126 Graduates

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.

See 27 graduation photos posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersBestFriend/

 

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Matching Gift Challenge

Matching Gift Challenge

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
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting and Signage
  • Complete minor improvements to existing administrative office


Benefits of Training Center:TBldgCampus2

  • 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

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Sporting Clay Event Success

Sporting Clay Event Success

Thanks to everyone who volunteered, participated in or sponsored the SBF Sporting Clay event last Saturday. It was a big success and lots of fun. Watch our Facebook page for photos.

 

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Groundbreaking 2-18-16

Groundbreaking 2-18-16

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.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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