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Fundraiser for U.S. Kennels  Inc. at Dry Dock 28, May 24

By Kara Hallissey | May 17, 2018

(May 18, 2018) To raise money for his local nonprofit, U.S Kennels Incorporated, 11-year Army veteran Chris Hardy is hosting a fundraiser event at Dry Dock 28 on 28th Street, Thursday, May 24, from 6-9 p.m.

“We teach veterans how to train their own service dogs because it is therapeutic for them,” Hardy said. “Instead of dwelling all day, they interact with their dogs and it gives them something to do and gets them active again and back into the real world.”

U.S. Kennels Incorporated, which is based in Salisbury, provides trained service dogs and supplies to United States combat and wounded veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and physical disabilities.

“I am a disabled veteran myself,” Hardy said. “Helping my brothers and sisters out feels like I am making a difference.”

Veterans who already have a service dog can get free training assistance in Salisbury or Hardy can locate a canine from a rescue, humane society or SPCA.

“Learning how to train can help fix their dog’s habits and it makes a big difference,” Hardy said. “It is a good cause and we are saving two lives at once: these veterans and the dogs.”

The free event at Dry Dock 28 will include a deejay and some raffles, including a 50/50, on Thursday. A variety of gift baskets will be up for grabs in a silent auction.

Attendees can purchase mystery boxes or a diamond in the cupcake. For $10, participants will receive a gift card or other prizes inside the mystery box. In addition, they could take home a piece of diamond jewelry while enjoying a cupcake for $10 as well.

A donation trunk for U.S. Kennels Incorporated will permanently be set up at Dry Dock 28 and attendees are encouraged to bring donation items including leashes, choke collars or chains for training, small dog treats, paper towels, dog or baby wipes, and Verus Dog Food to the event.

There will also be a donation jar.

Dry Dock 28 is donating 10 percent of all food sales to U.S Kennels Incorporated during the event, Hardy said.

“There will be veterans with their dogs, music and raffles,” Hardy said. “It will be a good event and it is a good cause. There is no program like this around here supporting the local veteran community. These dogs are saving veterans’ lives.”

For more information or to donate, check out www.uskennelsinc.com or search for “U.S. Kennels Training Center” on Facebook

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