This month you can dine at White Dog Cafe while supporting a great cause! The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host Dining Out for the Dogs on Monday August 21, starting at 5:00 pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities. The WMMR on-air personalities will be at each of the three White Dog Cafe locations in Wayne, Haverford, and University City in Philadelphia, dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes. In addition, guests who dine at any of the three White Dog Cafe locations can make a donation at the restaurants and White Dog Cafe will match that donation through August 20.
Owner of White Dog Cafe Marty Grims, is committed to making sure each location raises enough money to purchase a dog for training. The average cost for a puppy to train is $2000. Alpha Bravo Canine does not charge veterans for the training or the dog.
“We are looking forward to working with WMMR and all the on air personalities who are giving of their time for this fundraiser. We hope the community will come out and dine for this wonderful cause and we are committed to having each location support the purchase of a dog.”
Government studies estimate that 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide every day. Alpha Bravo Canine was founded by Jennifer Green and her son Kevin who was diagnosed with PTSD/TBI after his deployments to Afghanistan. Despite the diagnosis, he was deployed again less than a year later which amplified his symptoms. Jennifer and Kevin have made it their mission to help make a difference for veterans suffering from these mental-health related issues.
Jennifer uses her experience and knowledge as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and American Kennel Club-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC CGC) to raise and train dogs for veterans. Providing these veterans a fully trained service dog from puppy to graduated dog can cost from $30,000 to $50,000 depending on the disability.