July 16, 2015, Nocatee, Fla. – K9s For Warriors announces a $2,500 gift from PetSmart, Inc. The funds will aid in providing items included but not limited to dog training, warrior mentorship, warrior meals, pet supplies (leashes, vests, beds), and upkeep of warrior housing units during their three-week stay.
Founded by Shari Duval in 2011 as a way to help her own son cope with PTSD, K9s For Warriors pairs Post 9/11 veterans with service dogs specially trained to help them cope with the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service. The program is offered at no cost to the veteran.
PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the nation in support of organizations that enrich people’s lives through the power of pets.
“K9s for Warriors is an organization that PetSmart has partnered with for several years,” said Kevin Funderburg, PetSmart District Manager. “Assisting in the mission to provide life saving service dogs to returning Veterans is something my team is very proud of.”
About K9s For Warriors
Founded in 2011 as a 501(c) 3 organization by Shari Duval, K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 53,000 associates and operates more than 1,333 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 199 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 5.7 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada (collectively “PetSmart Charities”) are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay and neuter efforts. In 2013, nearly 440,000 dogs and cats found homes through PetSmart Charities’ adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in granting money to help pets in need, with more than $34 million given in 2013 throughout North America.
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About K9s for Warriors
Founded in 2011, K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
For more information, visit http://www.k9sforwarriors.org.