Supporting those who have already given so much…
Join Rucker Pet at the first annual Ruff & Tuff 5K and Festival, this November 11th at North Forsyth High School.
“After Vietnam, they called it Shell Shock. These soldiers would come home but would still be haunted by what they’ve seen or done. They did that defending us and defending this country. Now they call it PTSD but they still don’t fully understand it. These doctors don’t always know how to help these soldiers. Well, I understand that we need to do something about it” – Scot Rucker, Owner of Rucker Pet
22 Veterans commit suicide every day in the US.
The leading cause?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Meet K9s for Warriors, the benefactors of the Rucker Pet Ruff & Tuff Event:
“K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Our program is unique, and no other organization operates quite like K9s For Warriors. Every warrior that walks through the door is family. We provide them with a service canine, equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and life-time of wrap-around services (including available life-long healthcare and food for their dogs).
The K9s program is 100% free for the veteran. We have our warriors’ backs.”
Just because this amazing program gives these dogs to the veterans for free, doesn’t mean the dogs don’t cost the program money. Each service dog costs the program over $27,000 from start to finish.
They’ve already placed 300 service dogs, 20 of which have been to vets right here in Georgia. Here at Rucker Pet, our goal is to provide this program with enough money to fund three more service dogs to our veterans.
- T-shirts for the human runners
- Jerseys available for the dogs present
- Participation medals for dogs and humans
- Custom Video of Your Race
- Virtual Runners can participate from Anywhere
- Fun Run and Tot Trot for all ages and abilities
- Fun Dog Show with Ribbons and Trophies
- Vendors for both the dogs and humans
- Hay Rides
- Silent Auction
- Food Trucks
- Caricature Artists
- Kids Activities
- Music and Entertainment