K9s For Warriors Names New Texas State Director
James “JC” Clapsaddle will run the nonprofit’s first operation outside of its Florida headquarters
(Ponte Vedra, Fla.) – James “JC” Clapsaddle is the new director of K9s For Warriors’ first Texas operation, based in San Antonio. He will oversee K9s For Warriors’ new kennel, the Petco Foundation K9 Center, and be responsible for all developmental efforts of the nonprofit’s westward expansion.
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest Service Dog provider for veterans suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma.
Clapsaddle’s prior career involved serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Service Corps officer, and as a National Defense Fellow to a member of the U.S. Senate advising on military and international matters. He also served as a Military Legislative Liaison to the U.S. Congress where he advised the government on how to create programs to provide support to warriors suffering from the aftermath of combat.
“For me, K9s For Warriors is such a natural fit. I spent my career caring for veterans,” said Clapsaddle. “In my post-Air Force years, I volunteered for non-profit agencies like the Red Cross, The Humane Society, and I fostered dogs and raised canines for Guide Dogs of Texas. So, K9s For Warriors is, literally, the combination of all these experiences. It’s perfect.”
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.
“JC is a great addition to our San Antonio team,” said Rory Diamond, K9s For Warriors CEO. “His vast experience and military background are exactly what we need to successfully expand our mission to Texas.”