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This Morning! Washington DC – March With Us And Save a Veteran / Save A Dog With @K9sForWarriors!

 

Every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs; most suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This horrible epidemic is among the 2.4 million veterans and active duty members returning home –  184 new cases are diagnosed every single day!   K9s For Warriors rescues dogs prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is 100% proven, transparent and successful!  94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veteran & service dogs.  Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. Shari Duval, the founder and Executive Director of K9s For Warriors doesn’t receive a salary.

We hope you can you can attend our benefit on September 20th at the Omni Hotel or if you are unable consider donating $10.00, $100.00 or what ever amount you can afford to help a Veteran with PTSD in Washington DC receive a service dog from K9s For Warriors.

In 1999, Wendy Diamond founded Animal Fair Media and is a pioneer in the pet industry; merging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue. She changed the face of the pet market and animal rescue world forever. Since she launched Animal Fair Media, the number of animals euthanized annually has dropped by 58 percent, from 12 million to 4 million this past year.

After learning  the troubling statistic that every 65 minutes a veteran struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder commits suicide, Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescued service dogs. “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom and it’s time that the two and four legged roll over and fight for them.”

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Wendy Diamond has dedicated her new book, How To Train Your Boss to Roll Over, to all the veterans who work tirelessly and selflessly defending our freedoms. The book is an entertaining and instructional manual threaded with Wendy’s trademark levity and wit that reinterprets successful dog-training strategies for the workplace. On the tour, Wendy will encourage everyone in the work world to engage in social good and make a difference by supporting our veterans  through K9s For Warriors.

In Washington DC, we will honor Jason, 32, who was a United States Marine Captain, where he served for 14 years. He graduated from K9s For Warriors in September 2012, where he was paired with Axel, a German Shepherd. Axel’s story is common to K9s For Warriors: He was found in a rescue shelter without a lot of background history. He is a beautiful, intelligent dog, and progressed through his training at a rapid pace.  The day Axel met Jason, it was love at first sight for both of them. Jason had lived in the basement of his home for over a year since his last deployment, isolating himself from his wife and children, losing hope. He tried many treatments and sadly nothing had worked until he met his four-legged prescription, Axel.  Since the pair graduated from the K9s For Warriors program, they have attended Jason’s children’s school activities and coach his son’s basketball team. The pair have attended Washington Redskins football games and are in training for the US Adaptive Snowboarding Team!

Jason and Axel

Jason and Axel

Wendy Diamond will host the BARK BUSINESS 10 City Media Tour, which will feature her hilarious new book, How To Train Your Boss To Roll Over. This brand new instructional manual will promote a positive work environment and explain how to work towards making a societal difference by raising awareness and funds for the K9′s For Warrior. Our bark business benefit will celebrate our wounded veterans and rally to raise awareness and donations for our American heroes that have sacrificed selflessly for our country.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the tour will 100% benefit K9s For Warriors. Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets knows that natural nutrition is imperative for service dogs (and all dogs) because it ensures a long, happy life with their parents, and are on board with supporting the K9s For Warriors Bark Business Benefit Tour! American Express Open has partnered with us to empower and support Veteran small business owners. The Loews and Omni pet-friendly hotels are graciously providing the space for the Bark Business Breakfast, so we can gather, raise money, and get the bark out about K9s For Warriors!

Please watch this video to understand the importance of your donation:)

The Bark Business Breakfast marches into Washington DC on Friday September 20, 2013 at the Omni Hotel at Shoreham from 8-10AM.

Please join us to attend this wonderful benefit in Washington DC!  If you are unable to attend you can donate as little as $10, $50, $100, $2,000, or sponsor a Veteran/Service Dog Team in Washington DC for $10,000! K9s For Warriors is 100% transparent, and 94 cents of every dollar benefits the veterans! Get involved by barking about it and donating here

Bark Business Benefit Tour in Washington DC 

Please join us for a patriotic breakfast to honor K9s For Warriors, meet graduates and celebrate National Service Dog Month!

Date:   September 20, 2013

Time:  8:00 am

Attire: Red, White, and Blue!

Place:  Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert Street      NW, Washington DC, DC 20008

For the Best that Pet Lifestyle and Animal Welfare has to offer follow Wendy Diamond on Facebook, Twitterand right here at AnimalFair.com!

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