Blue Buffalo, Sierra Delta Support Service Dogs for Vets
“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. “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 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the service dog industry. The nonprofit pairs veterans with highly trained Public Access Service Dogs to assist in emergencies, retrieve items, wake veterans from night terrors and help with daily activities. They also match veterans with Non-Public Access Service dogs who need a trained companion but not necessarily a fully certified service dog.
“Service dogs provide necessary therapy options for veterans coping with both visible and invisible wounds,” said B.J. Ganem, president, 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 from mental health challenges as a result of their service to our country.”
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.