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Dear Semper Fido, Inc. Supporters
Semper Fido, Inc. - K9 Basics is proud to announce that we will be graduating four (4) additional teams this month! Gabe w/Louie (team # 14), Mike w/Atlas (team # 15), Jonathan w/Sarge (team # 16) & David w/Bella (team #17) will be graduating on Friday, October 23rd, 2015!! They and we would be honored if you would be able to attend. The ceremony will begin at 7pm and most likely be completed by 9:00pm. We will have light refreshments after-wards and therefore ask that you RSVP with your head count no later than Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (via phone @ 856-810-3923 or email to email@example.com).
On behalf of myself, the Semper Fido, Inc. Board of Directors and most importantly, our Veteran-Service Dog teams, we Thank You, our donors, for your continued generous support thru monetary & in-kind donations!
Lisa Ann Berg, Founder / President
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT...
BUT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO OUR GOAL!
We'd like to express our thanks to everyone for their continued support. We know that we can't do it without you and we're certain that our goal of raising $50, 000 by the end of the year will be reached.
Please help and donate to Semper Fido. Our veterans/marines will benefit greatly!
SEMPER FIDO, INC. - Helping Solidiers One Dog at a Time
Semper Fido is a non-profit organization committed to the rehabilitation of service members and veterans that have been injured while defending our country and have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It has been proven that using dogs for mental, as well as physical rehabilitation, can greatly benefit these warriors recovery. Dogs will be obtained from a number of sources including, but not limited to breeders, rescue groups and shelters.
Semper Fido, Inc. is committed to helping in the rehabilitation of these brave warriors while saving unwanted animals from shelters and rescues. Our service dogs are obtained from a number of sources including, but not limited to, rescue groups and shelters. Our organization benefits both parties involved; those who sacrificed themselves for our freedoms, and the dogs that may have had no hope of a forever home.
Each service dog is trained over the course of a 6-9 month program. During these 6-9 months, the service members bonds with the dogs by feeding, walking, playing with and grooming them. The service member is taught to use the commands the dog has learned from professional dog trainers. Upon completion of the program, the team graduates and receives certification as a service dog team. The dog then goes home with the service member.
Veterans often suffering alone, seem to silence themselves because of the stigma still attached to psychological injuries like PTSD. The dog can calm them down and get their minds off of everything going on in their lives by focusing on the dog not themselves.
For warriors with PTSD, it has been documented that a dog helps with emotional regulation. Patients who are very anxious and have anger issues find they can’t work with a dog if they yell. They must have a calm voice. Working with a dog helps build confidence and bridge the gap with strangers. More often than not the response and the bond is immediate.
A veteran with PTSD has sleep disorders and often awakens to find him/herself soaked in sweat from the nightmare of war. With his/her Working Support Dog they are able to sleep. Simply having a dog around allows the warriors to trust the dog to assess the safety of their surroundings, as the dogs have a much keener sensory capacity than people.