K9 Partners for Patriots Receives Large Donation

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K9 Partners for Patriots is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending veteran suicide with the help of rescue dogs. And thanks to a large donation from a local organization, the special relief mission of this Hernando County-based nonprofit is only going to expand.

“A dog is a friend to a veteran,” said Founder and Executive Director Mary Peter, a Certified Dog Handler (CMDT). “A dog is a hug for a veteran.”

When Jan Remington, director of the now disbanded Berkeley Manor HomeOwners Association, needed a nonprofit beneficiary for the association’s remaining funds, she immediately thought of her friend Mary Peter and the association that founded to train and breed service dogs for veterinarians in need.

“Mary is amazing,” Remington said. “She does so much for the veterans in our community.”

On September 12, members of the Berkeley Manor HomeOwners Association gathered at the K9 Partners for Patriots Headquarters and Dog Training Center, 15322 Aviation Loop Dr., Brooksville, to present a donation check for $13,000 to the ‘organization.

“The Board of Directors has decided with great pleasure to donate our remaining monetary funds to Mary Peter, founder of K-9 Partners for Patriots, to help her continue the wonderful partnership she has with veterinarians who have need specially trained dogs for their well-being,” read a letter read aloud by Frank Dembeck, a member of the now-disbanded Berkeley Manor HomeOwners Association. “You and your team of volunteers are a tremendous asset to the men and women who have served our country.And your knowledge of dog training is a gift you use from your heart.

Peter, flanked by his own dog Justice, held back tears as he accepted the check.

“It’s a blessing,” she told those gathered. “You are a blessing.” This gift, revealed Peter, is more important than most. “We appreciate all donations, and it’s not a typical amount,” she said. “That’s enough to train a dog and place it with a veteran.”

Indeed, donations like this will also help K9 Partners for Patriots facilitate their upcoming move to their new, larger facility on County Line Road, as well as all the expenses and supplies needed to provide the best-trained dogs to the Patriots who need them. need. .

Gregg Laskoski, director of communications for K9 Partners For Patriots, explained to the group the process of training dogs to become K9s for Patriots. “I’m impressed,” exclaimed Gigi Guzman, a member of the now disbanded Berkeley Manor HomeOwners Association.

Laskoski himself was impressed with the association’s K9 Partners for Patriots
Don. “It will help us a lot,” he said. To lend your own help to K9 Partners for Patriots, visit https://k9partnersforpatriots.com/get-involved/.

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