San Antonio's surplus of stray dogs may come to the rescue for thousands of military veterans who need working dogs, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
San Antonio today broke ground for a new headquarters of the Jacksonville based Petco Foundation for K9s, which carefully chooses and nurtures dogs who can become companions for veterans, trains them, and then places the cogs with a veteran.
K9 for Warriors President Brett Simon says the result is that if saves the life of the dog, which would likely have been destroyed, and also provides a major beneift for the veteran. Statistics show that veteran suicides fall sharply when the federal has a dog to rely on.
The Petco Foundation for K9s will be housed in a 5,000 square foot facility with thirty kennels, which is adjacent to San Antonio Animal Care Services.
Councilman Manny Pelaez says San Antonio's overpopualtion of large, generally unadoptable dogs is well known.
"They say, that is the dog that we want,'," Pelaez said. 'We want a larger dog that can withstand the weight of a veteran."
Texas Land Commissioner and veteran George P. Bush worked with with Foundation to acquire the land.
He cited the dog that chased down the head of ISIS.
"It as a K-nine warrior in combat that took the fight to the enemy," he said., "So anybody who has been in the military, as I have, knows that you want that dog on our side."
The facility is expected to be open in six months.