K9s For Warriors Celebrates Opening of New Training Center
The Camp K9 addition also comes with a veterinary wellness center
(Ponte Vedra, Fla.) – On August 14th, K9s For Warriors held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new additions to its Ponte Vedra headquarters. Now open are a canine training center, wellness center and vet tech center.
While K9s For Warriors has always trained its service dogs on the campus, the new training center opens up space to increase training capability. The wellness center and vet tech center provide well-equipped resources and a larger area for K9s For Warriors’ two veterinary technicians to perform their work of ensuring canine health and wellbeing.
K9s’ CEO Rory Diamond says these facilities are all meant to improve the training and wellbeing of the service dogs who will be paired with veterans at risk of suicide.
“K9s For Warriors is dedicating our new training center, our new wellness center and our new vet tech center so we can take care of our dogs even better and help even more warriors and lower that veteran suicide number,” he said in a speech at the event.
The organization’s president, Brett Simon, added:
“This training center gives us the ability to give our dogs more foundational training in a better environment, and to be out of the Florida heat.”
All three facilities are now operational. The training center is occasionally featured on K9s For Warriors’ Facebook and Explore.org live stream on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
About K9s For Warriors
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) as a result of military service post-9/11. The service dog program is unique and offers an innovative approach to recovering from the invisible wounds of war. Two lives are transformed with each pairing: the veteran reduces his/her risk of suicide while the rescue dog receives a newfound purpose.