Maine veterans paired with newly trained assistance dogs
The nonprofit K9s on the Front Lines has helped train and place over 150 service dogs with veterans since 2016
PORTLAND, Maine – It was a special day in Portland as the veterans and their service animals completed their training. The ceremony was part of K9 on the front line, which pairs veterans with rescues and trains dogs to become service animals.
“Working with the dogs that come from shelters is really rewarding and you know, it kind of falsifies the old narrative that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” the vice president and co-founder said. of K9s on the front line. Linda Murray. “Dogs and veterans bring the best of each other and it’s just about living.”
On Sunday afternoon, more than a dozen gathered at VFW Portland for the graduation celebration. Sarafina and Lizzie were now the two service animals receiving a bone instead of a diploma.
Sarafina and Lizzie were both rescued and matched with veterans from Maine. Vets and their pets spend 20 weeks training and building relationships. Training is provided by current and former managers of the K9 Police.
K9s on the Front Line launched in 2016 and has already helped match over 150 service animals and veterans.
The program is free for veterans and is completely fundraising.
Since its launch more than five years ago, the association has raised nearly a million dollars.