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Check out The Tucson Dog Magazine's Nov/Dec 2023 issue to read their latest story on SBF.

Executive Director, Mik Milem, was on the podcast, Drive On with Scott DeLuzio. We invite you to listen.

Channel 12 News stopped by SBF's Peoria Campus to interview grads, Jeff & Tilly and in training team. James & Bishop. Watch the video to hear their stories and see how SBF has made a difference in their lives.

SBF grads Tiny & Mabel were recently interviewed for AZ Family 3TV CBS 5. Check out was in attendance for Sierra Vista's team, Jessica & Dozer's graduation. Click the link to watch.

CONGRATULATIONS Jessica & Dozer! We are SO PROUD of you and all the hard work you put into training!! You have earned this achievement.

SBF grads, Richard & Kekoa, Jeff & Tilly and Jonathon & Anubis were recently interviewed by KJZZ 91.5. Click the link above to read the article.

Thank you to SBF graduates, Jeff & Tilly for giving this wonderful interview on FOX 10 Phoenix. If you didn't get a chance to see it when it aired live, please take a couple minutes to click the link above and check it out.

SBF in the news!

Fox 10 Arizona Morning reporter Anita recently met with SBF Development Manager, Tamara Silva and graduate team, Dave & Caleb at GreenPharms in Mesa to discuss their month-long fundraiser benefiting SBF. Click the link above to watch.

SBF in the news!

GreenPharms in Mesa is fundraising on behalf of SBF. SBF Development Manager, Tamara Silva and graduate team, Dave & Caleb, met with the GreenPharms team and Arizona's Family reporter Colton Shone to discuss the impact it will have on veterans and rescue dogs. Click the link above to watch.

Good Works Grant Writing is elated to congratulate our client, Soldier’s Best Friend (SBF), for being awarded a $150,000 Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program (WWSPD) grant from the Uniformed Services University. WWSDP funding will support SBF’s 2022-23 Service/Therapeutic Companion Dog Training Program for 20 Arizona military veterans who are living with the disabilities of combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Participating veterans work with SBF’s professional trainers until their matched canine qualifies for service or therapeutic companion dog status – a process that takes a minimum of six months. By reducing PTS/TBI symptoms, SBF provides veterans a path to regain a sense of security, productivity, and self-sufficiency.

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

Tomorrow is the day for Duel on the Diamond hosted by Hadley Gray in support of SBF! Check out this interview given by Hadley and SBF grad, Jonathon.

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.

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

We understand that for many veterans, this might be a difficult time with the situation in Afghanistan. Please click the title/link for a quick reference list of resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

SBF Board Member, Victoria Bellomo-Rosacci, recently participated in a podcast on Business Radio to discuss how she has witnessed first-hand the positive impact service dogs have on people. Click the title to listen.

Soldier’s Best Friend has been a nonprofit since 2001 and has helped hundreds of veterans, with nearly 300 dog-veterans teams that have graduated...

For some, Memorial Day is a difficult time, especially for veterans remembering their brothers and sisters in combat who didn't come home. Help is available at the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans, active service members, their family and friends can seek confidential...

Watch for us on the Channel 12 Arizona Midday show on Wednesday, May 15, at 1:00 pm Arizona time. Channel 12 is spotlighting Luke Air Force Base during the two weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Soldier’s Best Friend has the opportunity to raise public awareness as part of this campaign. SBF President, Jill Nelson, and a SBF veteran/dog team, will be interviewed during the May 15 Arizona Midday show. If you miss it, the interview can be found afterward on the Arizona Midday website at

Did you see us on Good Morning Arizona (local channels 3 and 5) on Wednesday, February 20? Anchor Jaime Cerreta and her cameraman came to our campus in the wee hours to do multiple live segments during the show. She interviewed SBF board member, Marty Park, and one of our graduate teams Dave and Caleb. This was an amazing opportunity to spotlight the important work we do in the community to help combat veterans and Arizona homeless dogs.

PetSmart Charities chose SBF for their ad campaign highlighting some of the nonprofits they support. We are very honored to be part of this and appreciate PetSmart Charities’ support for our service dog training program. Below is a link to the 60-second ad that includes SBF teams along with other nonprofits. They are working on additional footage specific to SBF. When we receive those links, we will share them as well. Thank you PetSmart Charities!

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As of June 20 of this year, 185 veteran and dog teams have successfully graduated the SBF program. Each of these teams have witnessed first-hand the undeniable advantages of having a "best friend" and battle buddy. While we are extremely proud of their...

Soldier’s Best Friend was honored to join the Saguaro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as they hosted one of their monthly meetings. While there, Damian, who is our Director of Veteran Services, and his best friend Bella represented SBF and the extensive...

Soldier's Best Friend (SBF) is dedicated to reducing the symptoms some combat veterans face once their final mission serving our country is complete by means of a service dog or therapeutic companion dog. A great example of our program is found in the veteran and dog...

The Foothills Focus published an article on the front page of their March 8, 2017 issue highlighting the upcoming Rotary Club of Scottsdale North fundraising event for SBF. Tickets are available for this fun event on Saturday evening, March 18, at Pinnacle Peak...

In honor of the World War I peace treaty signed at 11 a.m. on 11/11, the Arrowhead Chick-Fil-A donated 11% of their proceeds to the Peoria American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62. The Auxiliary raised the remaining funds to combine with this donation to sponsor a Soldier’s...

Soldier's Best Friend celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Training Campus on November 3, 2016. Fox 10 Phoenix interviewed Founder and Board President John Burnham, DVM about the important of the new Training Campus and the positive impact it will make...

Our Impact

  • Graduated Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2024


  • Training Hours Provided in 2023


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