Blue Buffalo Donates Funds to Support Service Dogs
Blue Buffalo has awarded $975,000 to Sierra Delta in an effort to support service dogs for veterans.
As part of a national campaign to support service dogs for veterans, Blue Buffalo has awarded $975,000 to Sierra Delta. The funding will support awareness, education, training and placement of service dogs.
“At Blue Buffalo, pets are our passion, and consistent with our mission, we focus on ways to help pet parents and non-profit organizations through charitable donations nationwide,” said David Petrie, vice president of philanthropy at Blue Buffalo, which is headquartered in Wilton, Conn. “We have seen the unparalleled impact a service dog can have on the lives of veterans when they partner with canine companions. Together with Sierra Delta, we want to put an end to the critical shortage of service dogs for our military heroes.”
Sierra Delta, along with a national network of partners to train service dogs, matches veterans with Public Access Service Dogs to assist in emergencies, retrieve items, wake veterans from night terrors and help with daily activities. The organization also matches veterans with Non-Public Access Service dogs who need a trained companion but not necessarily a fully certified service dog.
An estimated 150,000 veterans need a highly trained service dog including hearing dogs, guide dogs and those specifically trained to help wounded veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loss of limbs and other injuries, according to company officials. The cost to train one service dog for duty can be more than $30,000 and take up to two years.
“Service dogs provide necessary therapy options for veterans coping with both visible and invisible wounds,” said B.J. Ganem, president and CEO and founder of Sierra Delta. “The generous support from Blue Buffalo fuels our ability to improve the lives of veterans who were disabled or suffering mental health challenges as a result of their service to our country.”
Through ongoing support over the past three years, Blue Buffalo has helped Sierra Delta and its partner organizations educate veterans on the benefits of service dogs and match dozens of specially-trained dogs with veterans across the country.