K9s For Warriors Names New Campus Director – San Antonio
Lina Eklof will lead the nonprofit’s campus in San Antonio
(Ponte Vedra, Fla.) – K9s For Warriors is announcing Lina Eklof as the new campus director of its first Texas operation, the Petco Foundation K9 Center. Eklof will oversee K9s For Warriors’ dog procurement and training program as the nonprofit expands westward, anchoring in San Antonio.
Headquartered in Northeast Florida, K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest Service Dog provider for veterans suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma.
Raised in Sweden, Lina participated in the Swedish Working Dog Club with her family’s dogs before joining their volunteer force. She then continued to be an active learner and part of various dog training groups in Denmark and England.
When Lina arrived in the U.S., she volunteered as a trainer for the Miami Obedience Club, became an externship mentor for Animal Behavior College, and started her 15-year journey with Petco, a national pet and services retailer. Lina managed several stores before getting a corporate role supporting nearly 3,000 dog trainers nationwide. With this promotion, she created and maintained internal certification programs for dog trainers, as well as the in-store dog training program offered to pet parents and their dogs.
“Sometimes things that are meant to be will happen just at the right time. Joining K9s For Warriors gave me an opportunity to combine the various aspects of my professional career so far and push me even further to develop my leadership skills,” said Lina.
“Lina is even more than what we were hoping for as we add to our leadership team in San Antonio,” said Rory Diamond, K9s For Warriors CEO. “Her training knowledge and leadership will elevate our entire team there and at our two facilities in Florida.”
The Petco Foundation K9 Center, sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will open in 2021 and is expected to bring an additional 200 shelter dogs per year to K9s For Warriors, which will train them to be Service Dogs to help prevent veteran suicide.