On Saturday, Oct. 5, Coleman Natural Foods participated in the 9th annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards. The annual event celebrates the life-changing and life-saving power of the connection between people and animals, by honoring seven incredible dogs from around the country, chosen by over one-million canine loving voters. Earlier this year, Coleman Natural donated $800,000 to American Humane’s Pups4Patriots, one of the programs highlighted during the event.
“It was an honor to get to meet so many people involved in a cause we care so deeply about,” said Mel Coleman, 4th generation of the founding Coleman family. “I was able to personally shake the hands of the trainers and veterinarians who were pivotal in the graduation of our first class of six military veterans and their dogs.”
The Pups4Patriots program pairs veterans suffering from physical and psychological wounds - whether post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries – with dogs selected and trained to be highly-qualified service dogs. Research has shown that making these critical connections offers life-changing and life-saving support.
However, there are challenges in making this critical connection that include long waiting lists and the cost of around $30,000 for the intensive training for each dog and veteran.
The support from Coleman Natural Foods, as well as donations from attendees of the Hero Dog Awards, help connect more veterans with healing leashes.
You can learn more about all of American Humane’s programs, and categories of working dogs honored at the Hero Dog Awards, when the show airs on Hallmark Channel, Oct. 21, 2019, 8 pm ET;7 pm CT.
Learn more about Pups4Patriots at www.ColemanNatural.com/Pups4Patriots.
Source: Coleman Natural Foods