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.
Two rescue dogs to fly by private jet from Texas to Florida for service dog training
K9s for Warriors recently brought its first rescue dogs from Texas to its Northeast Florida headquarters for service dog training.
The dogs were procured by efforts of its new staff members in San Antonio, marking a milestone in the organization’s expansion. The dogs flew by plane to the St. Augustine Regional Airport thanks to a generous billionaire donating his jet for the transportation.
In 2020, a new kennel will open in San Antonio to procure Texas shelter dogs for service dog training to ultimately serve post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers.