Solid Gold Pet, a holistic petfood company, and the Solid Gold Foundation have developed an alliance with Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a US non-profit organization that enlists recovering warriors in a therapeutic mission of learning to train service dogs for their fellow veterans.
“We are proud to be a part of Warrior Canine Connection’s efforts to support warriors and their families through the healing power of dogs,” said Michelle Higdon, CEO and managing member of Solid Gold Pet. “As curators of the highest quality of natural ingredients for petfood, we believe that good nutrition can change the lives of pets and that pets can change the lives of others too, so the alliance was a natural fit."
Founded in 2011, WCC helps combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through a therapeutic service dog training program. Training service dogs for fellow veterans with disabilities provides an opportunity for warriors recovering from psychological injuries to reintegrate into civilian life. Working with Golden and Labrador Retrievers specially bred for health and temperament, warrior trainers must train the dogs to be comfortable and confident in all environments. In teaching the dogs that the world is a safe place, the warrior trainers challenge their symptoms of combat stress.
“Warrior Canine Connection is honored to receive this generous support from Solid Gold Pet and Solid Gold Foundation,” said Rick Yount, WCC founder and executive director. “Solid Gold Pet produces a premium product with an excellent reputation for quality and taste. Our partnership with Solid Gold will help to ensure the health of our dogs and their success as the lifetime companions of Veterans with disabilities. The generous financial donation from Solid Gold Foundation will aid us as we expand our programs and services to more recovering warriors.”
Solid Gold Pet will provide dog food, treats and supplements to all of the service dogs at WCC’s program sites including their headquarters in Brookeville, Maryland and at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the Department of Defense’s facility dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, clinical care and research of traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions for service members.