The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host Dining Out for the Dogs Monday August 21, 2017 starting at 5pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities.
WMMR on-air personalities will be at each of the three White Dog Cafe locations (Wayne Haverford and University City) dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes.
Marty Grims, owner of White Dog Cafe is committed to making sure each location raises enough money to purchase a dog for training. The average cost for a puppy to train is $2000. Alpha Bravo Canine does not charge veterans for the training or the dog. “We are looking forward to working with WMMR and all the on air personalities who are giving of their time for this fundraiser. We hope the community will come out and dine for this wonderful cause and we are committed to having each location support the purchase of a dog,” he said. In addition, guests who dine at any of the three White Dog Cafe locations can make a donation at the restaurants and White Dog Cafe will match that donation through August 20.
Government studies estimate that 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide every day. Alpha Bravo Canine was founded by Jennifer Green and her son Kevin who was diagnosed with PTSD/TBI after his deployments to Afghanistan. Despite the diagnosis, he was deployed again less than a year later which amplified his symptoms. Jennifer and Kevin have made it their mission to help make a difference for veterans suffering from these mental-health related issues.
Jennifer uses her experience and knowledge as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and American Kennel Club-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC CGC) to raise and train dogs for veterans. Providing these veterans a fully trained service dog from puppy to graduated dog can cost from $30,000 to $50,000 depending on the disability.