Petco Foundation recently donated a $125,000 grant investment to K9s For Warriors of Northeast Florida, the Ponte Vedra-based organization announced.
The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. Each October during the campaign, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the work of service, therapy and working animals.
The Petco Foundation investment will help with rescuing and training more K9s For Warriors service dogs, and aid in the nonprofit’s expansion plan for its new, additional campus near Gainesville.
“We appreciate Petco’s investment and understanding of the critical nature of our mission,” said Brett Simon, president of K9s For Warriors. “We look forward to rescuing more dogs to rescue more warriors with this grant.”
K9s For Warriors has become the nation’s largest service dog provider for disabled veterans struggling with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma. The organization has rescued dogs from Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, the Carolinas and more. Since 2011, the nonprofit has graduated 407 warrior-canine teams, and rescued an estimated 850 dogs.