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Virtual Classes New Norm for WCC

Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of schools, universities and other organizations have transitioned to online meetings and learning, and Warrior Canine Connection is no exception. Due to COVID-19 concerns, WCC recently moved its focus to support Veterans by using new virtual formats.  Veterans whose Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) programming was interrupted by the current global crisis are receiving weekly emails from WCC with resources and instructional videos. The content focuses on training […]

Love at First Click

It was eight years ago now. Stacey Rumptz was at her local library using one of its computers. She landed on a website that had an ad to “watch puppies.” A dog lover, she clicked on it and was instantaneously hooked.  “There were these six puppies and this mom, and she was so good with these puppies,” said Stacey. […]

Warrior Canine Connection Earns GuideStar’s Platinum Status

Great news! Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. GuideStar launched the Platinum participation level to help nonprofits celebrate their results. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress WCC is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors better evaluate and […]

Community Clean-up Day Recap

Armed with shovels, rakes and brooms, and bundled in layers of clothing to combat the cold and wind, more than 100 community volunteers from the Boyds, Maryland area and well beyond, participated in Warrior Canine Connection’s (WCC) Community Clean-up Day to help with tornado damage repair efforts this past Saturday. The event, the first of […]

Robin Martin: A Pawsitively Outstanding WCC Volunteer

Since Robin Martin began volunteering with Warrior Canine Connection in 2012, she’s had a running tally of 22 dogs who’ve been in out and of her house — and her heart. She has been a puppy parent to five dogs, helped train several spirited dogs and she’s puppy sat countless others.   Currently, Robin is puppy parent to WCC service dogs in training, Manion and Mike II. She and husband, Kent, live in Cleveland, South Carolina, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Helping People, Changing Lives

In 2013, a dedicated team of volunteers from across the country scrambled to pull together WCC’s very first graduation. Seven years later, the tradition continues with an event that welcomes nearly 500 people and has become a highlight of the year for WCC. Still today, volunteers continue to be a key component to the event’s […]

Hubert Company Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit WCC

This summer, Hubert employee and EPW Laura Hawley created a recent in-house fundraiser to benefit WCC. The event, which included a human agility course, a pet photo contest, bake sale, and other events for employees and their families, including the WCC puppy cam livestream, raised a grand total of $3,200, making it the most successful in-house fundraiser in Hubert’s history.    The company, which provides retail […]