Northwest Battle Buddies: A Soldiers Best Friend in the Field and at Home

We rescue dogs from shelters, train and GIFT them to Veterans. They then both train together to become Northwest Battle Buddies Teams!
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Shannon Walker
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Animals
Battle Ground, Washington
United States
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We're in the home stretch of our campaign  Help us raise at least $5,000 before the weeks end.  Here are some of our volunteers that believe in our cause and are helping make things happen.  Thanks to your support we're raising more money to adopt shelter dogs and train them to become Northwest Battle Buddies to help American Veterans cope with everyday life. Please share this campaign with family & friends. Thank you!!



We rescue shelter dogs and train them to become service dogs, and then team them up with our returning US soldiers to help them cope with post-traumatic stress and re-adjust to civilian life. The expenses are great; the need for specially trained dogs is greater. Your contribution will help us reach our goal to train and create 60 Battle Buddy teams each year! 

The Accidental Organization Born Out Of  A Need To Help

Northwest Battle Buddies came about in 2012 when a former army MP needed to have his beloved Labrador trained to be his Certified Service Dog before he could move into veteran housing. A local dog trainer took on the task at no charge, as a way to give back to this veteran who served. After months of training separately, man & dog were reunited & trained to be a team, just like battle buddies in war. Since then, trainer, Shannon Walker, has worked with and given away dozens more service dogs to qualified veterans.


We Rescue Dogs and Help Combat Veterans

Northwest Battle Buddies’ service is two-fold.  We help local animal shelters by adopting unwanted dogs, train them and gift them to soldiers who need a ‘buddy’ to help them readjust to civilian life after they’ve served America in war.  Just like in the field, soldiers know how critical it is to have a ‘battle buddy’ which is how we came up with the name of our program. 


Research Shows that Canine Companionship Helps Soldiers Cope with the Unseen Wounds of War, Post-Traumatic Stress

It costs about $13,000 to take one dog through the program. The breakdown includes months of training, meals, veterinary & boarding expenses and equipment. Founder of Northwest Battle Buddies Shannon Walker says “Our expenses are great. The need for specially trained dogs is much greater.” Most of our dogs come from shelter and rescue organizations.  Some dogs are donated by breeders.



Serving our Veterans Who Served Us All

Shannon Walker, Founder of Northwest Battle Buddies says, “For God...for family...for country--the reasons are their own. They laid their lives on the line, not knowing the outcome, to serve a cause greater than them. Now they are home facing more battles--private ones. Perhaps now they fight the most difficult battles of all, because they are back in the society they pledged to serve--but everything has changed, because they have been changed.”


Keep Checking Back

We'll be adding more information so please keep checking in..and be sure and share our story with those  you know who have served in the miliary.

Katu video: Please follow for additional information about Northwest Battle Buddies

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Everyday-Heroes-Northwest-Battle-Buddies-244488941.html?tab=video&c=y

Memorial Day 2014 Willamette National Cemetery:  KGW TVChannel 8

http://www.kgw.com/news/northwest-battle-buddies-shannon-walker-veterans-ptsd-washington-dogs-260689641.html


Other Ways You Can Help

Thank you for checking out our campaign. Even if you can't donate, please share this with your friends to help us get the word out.  And be sure to visit our website for more pictures and great information.

Special thanks to our contributors that have donated thus far! Some of you have asked us to keep your names private and we have done so.  Your generous gifts will make a difference in the lives of our Veterans. Thank you.

For those of you who have given us permission to post your names , please see below! Thank you!

Enumclaw VFW Post 1949

Aimee Culbertson

Nicole Baker-Wagner

Michel

Nichel Strickland

Peaceful Paws

Richenda Fairhurst

Rachel Bodick

Jan Gustafson

Jay Allen

Karin Canazzi

Nicole Brewer

Catie McDonald

Pam Ramsey

Philippe Reisberg

Owen valberg

Teresa Schafeitel

Barb Keller

Shellie Grammer

Vets To Vets United, Inc (Veterinarians To Veterans United)

Amy Nelson



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This campaign ended on July 21, 2014
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