Prince William-based Semper K9 Assistance Dogs was awarded $10,000 by Azalea Charities.
Semper K9 is a non-profit that trains service dogs to assist disabled veterans and their families, according to a release.
“While we offer our services at no cost to eligible participants, monetary support from the community is imperative so that we can continue our mission. We are thankful for this donation from Azalea Charities as it should completely fund a service dog for this local family,” stated Semper K9’s founder and Executive Director Christopher Baity.
The organization has had to overcome their fair share of challenges, most recently, learning that they’ll need to move from their current location to a new space.
According to a release, the organization has already put the funds to good use, adopting two Lab Doberman mix puppies from Operation Paws for Homes.
“We customize the training of our dogs to specifically fit with the family’s needs. One of these two puppies will be placed with the family. The other will also be placed with a service member who is currently in our program,” stated Baity in a release.
“There are many needs in our communities as well as our military communities. Azalea Charities is proud to be able to make a difference for this military family. Service dogs have made and continue to make a difference and as long as they do we should insure our military men, women and families have access to them,” stated founder and Chairman of Azalea Charities Frank Lasch in a release.