RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Dogs of Rotary is an event designed to raise money to provide disabled veterans with service dogs. The organization partners with G.I. Dogs who provides the dogs and training for the veterans.
“The dogs come from the Humane Society so we’re helping a veteran and saving a dog’s life at the same time,” Chesa Keane, of the Reno Centennial Sunset Rotary, says.
According to Zoe Schonert, the program is unique to Northern Nevada.
“There’s not another program in the country that draws from a humane society or a shelter,” she says. “And then the veteran works at training their own service animal.
The dogs and training all come at no cost to the veterans.
Once a veteran is matched with a dog, they train together for about two years. When the training is completed, they graduate as a service dog team together.
“I think that’s important because the veteran and the dog develop a much stronger bond because the veteran is the one training the dog,” Schonert says.