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2019 #GivingTuesday Update

Warrior Canine Connection just wrapped up its most successful #GivingTuesday in history! Participation in the 24-hour, GlobalGiving fundraising campaign was overwhelming, as WCC’s Board of Directors, staff and a total of 211 community supporters all generously contributed to the effort; $35,331 was given in donations, along with $14,449 provided in matching funds and bonus prize […]

What’s in a Name? Everything.

If you follow each of WCC’s namesake announcements, you know that each one has its own unique and remarkable story. All of us here on the WCC team are continually moved to learn about each Veteran and the way his or her family and friends recount the impact they have had on those they knew, […]

Saving Grace: The Canine Connection in Uganda

I’m Meg Daley Olmert and for the last 20 years, I’ve been researching the biology of the human-animal bond and its therapeutic effects. As you all know, WCC is the brainchild of Rick Yount and our Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) program offers Veterans in treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the opportunity to help train a service dog for another wounded Warrior in need. The positive and intense […]

Holiday Gifts that Give Back

The holidays are just around the corner! Have you made your list and checked it twice? Combine your love of Warrior Canine Connection with your holiday spirit by purchasing 2019 WCC holiday ornaments and 2020 calendars!    An annual tradition since 2014, these ornaments work double-duty by serving as a thoughtful gift, while also supporting WCC’s programs at the same […]

Tito’s: Passion for Vodka, Veterans and our Four-Legged Friends

Tito’s Handmade Vodka might spark the image of a chilled cocktail in your mind. But did you know that besides producing award-winning spirits, Tito’s prides itself on creating “Vodka for Dog People” and says that supporting its canine counterparts is core to its mission? That’s right, Tito’s has been committed to serving nonprofits, Veterans charities […]

New Faces at WCC

 The Warrior Canine Connection team is growing! We are pleased to welcome some new faces to our pack both at our Healing Quarters in Boyds and at the Menlo Park VA in California. We are very excited about the wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise that these new team members bring to our team, please […]

‘Man’s Best Friend’ Turned ‘Best Man’: Service Dog Stands by Wounded Veteran at His Wedding

November 23, 2019 – After high school sweethearts Justin Lansford and Carol Balmes got engaged to be married, Justin knew that his best friend would stand by his side on the most important day of his life. The groom’s best friend just so happened to be his service dog Gabe. Justin, now 30, and Gabe […]

WCC Puppy Cam Inspires Students

“Is this leaked footage from heaven?” That’s what Jon, one of Kayla Iannuccilli’s eight graders, asked her after seeing the Warrior Canine Connection puppy cam on Explore.org for the first time. Kayla teaches language arts to 7th and 8th graders at East Rock Community & Cultural Studies Magnet School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she’s […]

Kearney & Company Tees Off to Support Warrior Canine Connection for Seventh Year in a Row

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2019 BOYDS, Md. – For the seventh year in-a-row, Kearney & Company hosted its annual charity golf tournament benefitting Warrior Canine Connection (WCC). Raising a record $75,000 this year, Kearney’s generous giving to WCC totals $275,400. “We are honored to have the support of Kearney & Company, a first-class company […]

“Warrior Canine Connection” hosts event to honor and help veterans

November 10, 2019 – ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The nonprofit “Warrior Canine Connection” hosted a Veterans Day appreciation and fundraising event in Asheville on Saturday. The nonprofit breeds, trains, and places services dogs with recovering veterans. The event not only focused on honoring veterans, but also helping them recover from visible and invisible wounds. Watch the […]