Shortly before Veterans Day, we partnered with WZLX 100.7’s Karlson & Mackenzie’s Morning Show to raise money for veterans seeking service dogs from Operation Delta Dog. Their goal was to raise $10,000. As a repeat sponsor of this event and supporter of this organization, we knew it was a worthy cause that would positively impact several lives!
In keeping with the philanthropic spirit at Especially for Pets, we offered to match listener donations up to $5000. Well, the generous Karlson & McKenzie listeners donated more than $5,700 and our match brought the total to $10,700.
Shortly thereafter, the1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fundoffered to match that amount with yet another $5,000! All in all, the event raised a whopping $36,500 for the veterans and canines at Operation Delta Dog, which will enable them to get more disabled veterans off the waiting list and into the training program! Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of disabled veterans and homeless dogs here in New England.
We are very proud supporters of Operation Delta Dog. This year, we have had the opportunity to provide more funds than ever before! Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we donated $8,300 as a result of our Nail Clipping Drive held during this year’s second quarter. Read the story of rescue dog Bo, and his veteran, Fred, and how these generous donations have helped them.
About Operation Delta Dog
Operation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and related challenges.
Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives in the United States... almost one per hour. These vets serve their country and then come home to face the even greater challenges of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) that can leave them debilitated, sleepless, and unable to cope. Massachusetts is home to about 400,000 veterans. If Veteran's Administration estimates are correct, that means that about 20 percent of those, or 80,000 of our friends and neighbors, are suffering with these invisible disabilities right now.
Each year, more than 50,000 dogs wind up homeless in Massachusetts. Many of these animals are sweet-tempered and trainable, but there’s just nowhere for them go. The sad result? Nearly half of all shelter animals are euthanized.
Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, Operation Delta Dog rescues homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with PTSD and TBI.
Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with PTSD and TBI. Trained dogs, however, are in short supply--especially here in New England. A local veteran applying for a PTSD service dog will likely have to travel to the West Coast for training and will wait, on average, two to five years before being matched with an animal. In far too many cases, this is simply too late. Our veterans deserve better.
Operation Delta Dog wants to improve those odds. Their trainers find the very best canine candidates, pluck them from shelters, and train them for a new life filled with purpose and affection. Local veterans can participate in training without leaving their jobs or families and find relief from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD, TBI and other challenges.