AUSTIN DOG ALLIANCE BUILD NEW FACILITY
June 18, 2016
Austin Dog Alliance, a Texas-based organization that places therapy dogs with veterans and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS), opened the doors to a brand new kennel and education facility.

June 18, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – In May, Austin Dog Alliance, a Texas-based organization that places therapy dogs with veterans and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS), opened the doors to a brand new kennel and education facility that will help the organization double the number of placements it can make in a year. A $13,740 grant from the Patterson Foundation was used for the installation of tile in the new facility. “Our goal is to improve lives through therapeutic programs based on the bond between dogs and humans. Our primary focus is on serving veterans suffering from PTS, but we try to accommodate the needs of others who suffer from PTS for non-military purposes, such as domestic violence,” said Debi Kraker, executive director of Austin Dog Alliance. The organization, which trains and places 10 dogs per year in the central Texas region, anticipates being able to train and place 20 dogs per year as a result of the new facility. “We receive roughly 200 placement applications a year and this new kennel and education center is going to help us place more dogs with people who really need them,” Kraker added. “One of the areas of focus for the Patterson Foundation is on supporting organizations that provide assistance dogs to veterans and others with disabilities. We’re thrilled to be supporting Austin Dog Alliance and their efforts to expand their services to the central Texas region,” said Michelle Mennicke, manager of the Patterson Foundation. Austin Dog Alliance is one of nine organizations that received a grant from the Patterson Foundation in June. The Foundation awarded a total of $134,654 in grants to nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

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