A veteran’s organization is joining forces with students at Northern Illinois University, in a fundraiser to help forgotten veterans of war and law enforcement – retired or injured K-9 dogs.
Save-a-Vet.org and the Experimental Learning Center at NIU will be seeking ways to raise funds for the establishment of Huskie House; this would be an on-campus dorm for use by disabled veterans attending the university…who would get free rent, in exchange for caring for these dogs on a regular basis.
Dave Crawford is with Save-a-vet, which is based in Lindenhurst; he says many police or military dogs can’t be adopted out when their careers end, because of their attack training…or because they, like their human counterparts, can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. As a result, many have to be euthanized.
He says pairing them with veterans who know how to handle them, is beneficial to both human and hound.
The Experimental Learning Center plans to promote Huskie House by producing a magazine; it would contain stories explaining how Save a Vet works, sell ad space to sponsors which support the organization…and serve as a template, for distribution elsewhere in the country.
Huskie House is serving as a pilot project, and if it succeeds here it could be expanded to other colleges and universities around the country. Lincoln Hall is being examined as a possible location, which could hold hundreds of students and dogs; if that doesn’t work out, other rooming houses or apartment buildings in town would be looked at.
For more information, go to http://www.save-a-vet.org.