“What if we could save the lives of shelter dogs, and help them save the life of a two legged friend?” This is the question Shari Duval (wife of PGA player Bobby Duval) asked herself when she learned about the severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans. PTSD affects nearly 30% of all soldiers, with 184 new cases being diagnosed daily.
When Duval’s own son came home from two tours in Iraq, she could tell he was a different person. However, whenever he was around canines, he was like ‘Old Brett’ again. Thus, Duval came up with an idea that could benefit soldiers and animals in need. K9s for Warriors rescues dogs at risk of euthanasia, provides them with Canine Good Citizen training, and gives them to veterans suffering from PTSD as therapy dogs.
When Wendy Diamond of Animal Fair learned about the organization and the shocking statistic that a US veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, she wanted to pledge her support. She launched the Bark Breakfast Tour as a way to raise funds for the cause. A breakfast benefit is held in ten cities across the U.S., with the goal of saving one dog and one veteran in the area. The tour, which kicked-off on July 24 and rolls through November has already raised $41,000 for dogs and veterans in need!
Rover is a proud sponsor of the Bark Breakfast Tour, and encourages you to offer your support as well. Click here to make a donation through Crowdrise or look for a Bark Breakfast coming to your city!