“What matters is this, Doctor: don’t travel alone.” — River Song
“You see, this is what happens when you travel alone for too long.” — Amy Pond
There is a simple truth in Doctor Who: Even the most courageous individuals in the universe need a companion.
Now imagine a courageous individual who has returned disabled from their service to their country. Bearing not only the physical scars of battle, but the emotional and psychological scars as well, their need for a trusted companion is truly great.
Whovian Running Club is humbled to announce that our fifth and final charity partner is Patriot PAWS Service Dogs!
This amazing organization provides highly-skilled and amazingly well-trained (seriously…watch the video) service dogs completely free of charge to disabled veterans. Now that’s an incredible thing, but wait: there’s actually MORE.
When a Patriot PAWS puppy reaches about 2-3 months old, they “go to prison.” Actual prison. And that is a great thing. For two periods in their 24-month training program, the service dogs are trained by inmates at one of three Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facilities. This not only helps Patriot PAWS train more service dogs for disabled veterans, but creates career opportunities for inmates after their release and provides a way for them to give back to the community during their incarceration. The inmates are assisted by professional dog trainers and learn a highly valuable skill set (training service dogs) that can be used immediately upon their release back into the community/society as a means for employment. Since the start of the program in 2008, the recidivism (re-offender) rate among inmates involved in the program is less than 3%. It’s a “win-win” for everyone!
So, how is Whovian Running Club going to support this incredible program? We are going to help fund the construction of a “Veteran’s House” at their facility in Rockwall, Texas, where veterans will stay when they come to train with their dogs…AND…we’re going to get to NAME one of the dogs that gets trained and follow her progress to becoming a service dog.
What will the name of our dog be? Well, we will tell you tomorrow at noon EDT when we announce our fifth event of 2018!
In the meantime, watch this awe-inspiring video, and learn more about our incredible charity partner at patriotpaws.org!