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Celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 21st, 2022
Celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 21st, 2022

Armed Forces Day is a time for people to come together to thank the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Armed Forces Day is a single day joint celebration of all five branches of the U.S. military: the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Marine Corps and the Air Force. This day honors all people currently serving.

SBF in the news! Did you catch us on FOX 10 Phoenix Arizona Morning? If you missed it, click above to watch.

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness. Nearly 1 in 5 adults in any given year suffer from mental illness, but only 40% receive treatment. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be difficult, and can include isolation, blame and secrecy. Learning how to cope is important. Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care and helping patients find resources available in their community.

If you or someone you know needs help, do not hesitate to reach out to a local healthcare provider for recommendations.

Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. Because they can impact others, choose yours wisely with these helpful tips.

In order to preserve our beautiful planet, it’s going to take work from everybody. Encourage your family and friends to join you so that we can preserve the place we call home!

We recently introduced you to Hadley Gray. She is the amazing 7th grader behind the fundraiser "Duel on the Diamond" in support of SBF. Hadley has released tickets for purchase by clicking the link above.

We hope to see you out there!

Exciting things are afoot at Soldier's Best Friend! Please read our press release to find out our latest update.

This is amazing! 12-year old Hadley is fundraising for Soldier's Best Friend and we couldn't be more excited. Her goal is to earn $15,000 to put two veteran/dog teams through the training program.

Way to go Hadley! Your big heart and generous spirit are an inspiration to us all.

Today is the day, Arizona Gives Day that is! Don't forget to donate to your favorite non-profit (we hope it's us).

Help us in our mission of touching 2 lives at once while inspiring countless others.

#AZGivesDay #nonprofit #fundraising #arizona #fundraiser #veteran #combatveteran #rescuedog #servicedog #ptsd #tbi #healing #mentalhealthawareness #touching2lives #touching2livesatonce #soldiersbestfriend

Starting young is a great way to ensure you’re helping to shape givers for years to come, through volunteering and giving back to your community. Whether you’re inspiring your own kids or children in your community, it’s never too early to start inspiring the next generation!

Cooking up a homemade meal can be nourishing for the mind, body and soul. Read on to discover how cooking makes people happier and more connected.

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?

There’s no doubt that times have been hard in the past few years, and we could all use a reminder to focus on our mental health. Check out these tips to help put yourself first for your overall well-being.

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.

In the spirit of “going green” this month, use this holiday  as a reminder to focus on the world around us. Check out these ways you can give the month of March new meaning by going green!

If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.

Click on link for more details and share with anyone who could benefit from these services.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve!
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve!

Please join us in wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve!

#coastguardreserve #coastguard #coastguardlife #professionalism #patriotism #preparedness

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

How will you spread love during the month of February? Use one of these ideas or come up with your own! You never know how much a small act of kindness will mean to a person. Get out there and spread the love!

Did you know you can give back by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.

Don’t let winter get you down. Resist seasonal affective disorder with five tips to stay positive during the coldest season.

Studies have found that volunteering can positively impact both your body and your mind. We're here to tell you all about the different ways doing good in your community can do some good for yourself.

This new year, start off right by living more altruistically… for yourself. Establish new, healthy habits and goals to accomplish in 2022.

Thinking about expanding your family to add a new furry friend? When you adopt a pet, you’re changing both its life and yours. Here's a list of top reasons you should consider a shelter animal for your next pet.

Use this as a reminder to commit acts of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even after the holiday passes, his spirit can carry on. Explore new ways you can give back to your community, involve your family and friends and set attainable goals for yourself.

What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.

If you’re ready for fun and flurries this winter season, check out some of these great winter wonderland adventures to try with your family.

This January, celebrate National Blood Donor Month by taking steps to go out, roll up your sleeve and give. Set the tone for the month and the rest of the year to live more altruistically.

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

Click to read The Tucson Dog's cover story about Soldier's Best Friend.

Think about the heroes in your life, whether it’s somebody you know, people in your community or even those across the globe. There are also tons of organizations you could partner with this holiday season to show heroes that you care. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season and give back when you can. The spirit of the holiday is all about spending time with the ones you love and giving back where you can! Help spread holiday cheer this year for yourself and others by following these ten steps!

Happy birthday to the U.S. National Guard!
Happy birthday to the U.S. National Guard!

How will you help spread the word or give back during Universal Human Rights Month? From volunteering to helping advocate and spread awareness, there are so many ways to get involved.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941 service members and civilians lost their lives on the Pearl Harbor Naval Station. Today we honor and remember them, their families and the survivors.

Friday Facts
Friday Facts

Did you know that numerous states have service animal laws that make it illegal to fraudulently misrepresent any animal as a service animal to businesses or other public places?

In Arizona, for example, the law carries a civil penalty of up to $250 for each violation. Fake service animals can harm the reputation of a highly trained service dog (or miniature horse) if they exhibit negative behavior in public or show signs of aggression toward people and other animals. Research your state's laws for specific details on this violation.

It's time to take part in the biggest giving day of the year! Celebrate GivingTuesday whether that be through giving your time, your gifts, talents or monetary contributions. Every gift, both big and small, helps make a difference. 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

From our SBF family to yours, we wish you a peaceful day filled with family, football and great food. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Facts
Friday Facts

According to documentation published by Michigan State University College of Law, all but six states (Alabama, Alaska, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, and West Virginia) have laws that protect service animals from criminal interference, theft and assault.

In Arizona, a person has committed cruelty for any of the following:
* Recklessly, intentionally, or knowingly interferes with, harming or killing a service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
* Recklessly, intentionally, or knowingly allows any dog that is under the person's custody or control to interfere with, kill or cause physical injury to a service animal.
* Intentionally or knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over a service animal with the intent to deprive the service animal handler of the service animal.

Laws vary from state to state. We recommend researching your state's laws for specific details.

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.

Friday Facts
Friday Facts

Did you know that according to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA,) when in stores, restaurants and other public locations, if it is not apparent that the dog is a service dog, staff may only ask two specific questions:

Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Staff cannot require the dog to demonstrate its tasks, they cannot request documentation and they are not permitted to ask about the nature of the person's disability.

A special note to those who served…
A special note to those who served…

America is filled with a promise for tomorrow thanks to our history being shaped by heroes like you. On Veterans Day and every day, we give our gratitude for your service.

Happy 246th birthday to the United States Marines Corps!
Happy 246th birthday to the United States Marines Corps!
Thank you Circle K!
Thank you Circle K!

We want to give a special shoutout to our presenting sponsor from our 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament...

Circle K, from all of us at Soldier's Best Friend, THANK YOU for your continued support of this organization. We are incredibly honored and fortunate to have you as our partners.

Friday Facts, how are we doing?
Friday Facts, how are we doing?

Four months ago we began #FridayFacts in an effort to educate the public about service dogs. Now we want to hear from you.

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* Are there any specifics service dog related topics you want us to cover?
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As you prepare for Halloween, remember to consider your furry friend. Take a minute to read these tips on how to create a safe experience for your fur family.

Friday Facts
Friday Facts

Did you know that according to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a service animal must be trained before it can be taken into public locations, however, each state has its own laws pertaining to service animals? In Arizona, for example, it is unlawful for an establishment to deny access to a service animal in training. Since the laws vary from state to state, it is important to know what the law allows before you travel with your service animal.

The spooky season is coming to an end before we know it, but that doesn’t mean we’re over October. Scary doesn’t always have to be bad. Instead, use these final weeks as a reminder to do some scary-good deeds and give back to your community.

Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams

    331

  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs

    200+

  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2022

    125

  • Training Hours Provided in 2021

    2,036.25

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