Warrior Canine Connection

Warrior Canine Connection Warrior Canine Connection is a therapeutic service dog training program that harnesses the healing power of the human-animal bond. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

EIN: 45-2981579

CFC #94624 MCC #4237

EIN: 45-2981579

CFC #94624 MCC #4237

WCC Garcia’s Litter - Week 6 Thanks to our fantastic photo team for another week of amazing photos! #FurTheLoveOfVeteran...
08/31/2021

WCC Garcia’s Litter - Week 6

Thanks to our fantastic photo team for another week of amazing photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Tonight at 8pm, our friends at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation will be continuing the conversation around #Afghanistan. Th...
08/31/2021

Tonight at 8pm, our friends at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation will be continuing the conversation around #Afghanistan.

They will be answering questions while also discussing:

⚪ How to comprehend and explain how you are feeling to friends and families who don't understand and may not be as impacted by the news.
⚪ How to best support veterans during this difficult time and reinforce that their service MATTERS.
⚪ How to talk with your children and/or adolescents who may not understand what they’re seeing or hearing.
⚪ Ways we can educate civilian medical providers both within and outside of VAMC’s so they can better understand how this is impacting veterans in real time.
⚪ Aiding and supporting Afghanistan refugees and opportunities to get involved with existing efforts.
⚪ What mental health practices and exercises can be incorporated to provide calm during unexpected times of crisis.
⚪ What resources are available to support you and your family during this time.

Sign up to join them today: https://bit.ly/howtotalkaboutafghanistanepisode2

As we continue the conversation around #Afghanistan, we hope you’ll join us for a critical discussion with Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Dr. Amit Sood and our own Dole Foundation Fellows. During “Afghanistan: Let’s Continue the Conversation,” we’ll be answering your questions while also discussing:

⚪ How to comprehend and explain how you are feeling to friends and families who don't understand and may not be as impacted by the news.
⚪ How to best support veterans during this difficult time and reinforce that their service MATTERS.
⚪ How to talk with your children and/or adolescents who may not understand what they’re seeing or hearing.
⚪ Ways we can educate civilian medical providers both within and outside of VAMC’s so they can better understand how this is impacting veterans in real time.
⚪ Aiding and supporting Afghanistan refugees and opportunities to get involved with existing efforts.
⚪ What mental health practices and exercises can be incorporated to provide calm during unexpected times of crisis.
⚪ What resources are available to support you and your family during this time.

Sign up to join us today: https://bit.ly/howtotalkaboutafghanistanepisode2

WCC’s Frank heard it’s National Beach Day!Does your furry friend love the beach? Let’s see your photos! #FurTheLoveOfVet...
08/31/2021

WCC’s Frank heard it’s National Beach Day!

Does your furry friend love the beach? Let’s see your photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

WCC’s Frank heard it’s National Beach Day!

Does your furry friend love the beach? Let’s see your photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Pawty Packs * On Sale Now!!!Get everything you need to celebrate WCC’s 2021 Graduation including a:* Drawstring Bag* Gra...
08/30/2021
2021 Virtual Graduation Pawty Packs

Pawty Packs * On Sale Now!!!

Get everything you need to celebrate WCC’s 2021 Graduation including a:
* Drawstring Bag
* Graduation T-Shirt
* Graduation Cap Stressball
* Stadium Cup
* Dog Shaped Lollipop
* Balloons
* Tissues
* Star Bead Necklace
* Confetti
* Graduation Fan
* Stadium Cup
* Notepad
* Mints
* Program
* Pen
* Wristband
* Sticker
* Dog Shaped Party Blower

https://warrior-canine-connection.myshopify.com/collections/accessories-and-gifts/products/pawty-pack


*$25 of cost will directly benefit our No Fail Mission!
*On site in store pick-ups will be available starting Thursday, September 2nd in the Welcome
Center. Please wait for your email notification.
*T-Shirts ($18) will be available for individual sale on Monday, September 6th!

This limited edition Virtual Graduation Pawty Pack comes equipped with all the items you will need to celebrate graduation WCC style! There is a limited quantity available. Please select the size of your t-shirt when purchasing. Contents: Drawstring Bag Graduation T-Shirt Graduation Cap Stressball S...

On this Mission Monday we celebrate WCC Meli’s namesake, Melissa Stockwell USA and congratulate her on her incredible ac...
08/30/2021

On this Mission Monday we celebrate WCC Meli’s namesake, Melissa Stockwell USA and congratulate her on her incredible achievements at the Tokyo Paralympics! Melissa, you inspire us everyday! Thank you for being a shining example for all of us!

#TeamUSA #FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Garcia’s pups are on the move looking for some Sunday Snuggles! Let them know if you’re available for a visit! #FurTheLo...
08/29/2021

Garcia’s pups are on the move looking for some Sunday Snuggles! Let them know if you’re available for a visit!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

The only thing better than one gorgeous smile is two! Give us a 😊 if you agree! #FurTheLoveOfVeterans Photo by Lisa Pend...
08/28/2021

The only thing better than one gorgeous smile is two! Give us a 😊 if you agree!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Photo by Lisa Pendleton

The only thing better than one gorgeous smile is two! Give us a 😊 if you agree!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Photo by Lisa Pendleton

08/27/2021
Dottie’s Litter - Week 7Thank you to our incredible photo team of Fran, Sally, and Peggy!#FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/27/2021

Dottie’s Litter - Week 7

Thank you to our incredible photo team of Fran, Sally, and Peggy!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

"This legislation has been a long time coming, and it validates the Mission Based Trauma Recovery training model that Wa...
08/27/2021
Statement from Warrior Canine Connection on President Biden Signing PAWS Act into Law - Warrior Canine Connection

"This legislation has been a long time coming, and it validates the Mission Based Trauma Recovery training model that Warrior Canine Connection created to help our Warriors in recovery. Furthermore, it underscores the importance and power of the human-animal bond and will provide significant support and resources for Veterans who can benefit from their relationship with man’s best friend.” - Rick Yount, Warrior Canine Connection Founder & Executive Director

https://warriorcanineconnection.org/statement-from-warrior-canine-connection-on-president-biden-signing-paws-act-into-law/

New legislation modeled after Warrior Canine Connection’s Mission Based Trauma Recovery Service Dog Training Model August 26, 2021 BOYDS, Md. – In July 2008, Warrior Canine Connection Executive Director and Founder Rick Yount piloted the first Therapeutic Service Dog Training Program for Veteran...

Thank you to Public Interest Registry for this wonderful story and for celebrating our mission on #NationalDogDay!
08/26/2021

Thank you to Public Interest Registry for this wonderful story and for celebrating our mission on #NationalDogDay!

Today is National Dog Day! There are many .ORGs working to rescue and care for dogs around the world, and our latest #ORGStory features one of them. Read more about how Warrior Canine Connection is using animal-assisted therapy to help those in need. https://thenew.org/org-stories/warrior-canine-connection/

Happy National Dog Day! Show us a photo of your furry best friend! #FurTheLoveOfVeterans Photo by Karen Chiu
08/26/2021

Happy National Dog Day!

Show us a photo of your furry best friend!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Photo by Karen Chiu

Happy National Dog Day!

Show us a photo of your furry best friend!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Photo by Karen Chiu

Pawty Packs are Coming Soon! On sale August 30th, our Pawty Packs include everything you'll need to celebrate our 2021 G...
08/25/2021

Pawty Packs are Coming Soon!

On sale August 30th, our Pawty Packs include everything you'll need to celebrate our 2021 Graduation! Check back on Monday, August 30th for information on how to place your order!!!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Pawty Packs are Coming Soon!

On sale August 30th, our Pawty Packs include everything you'll need to celebrate our 2021 Graduation! Check back on Monday, August 30th for information on how to place your order!!!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

WCC Meli’s namesake, Melissa Stockwell USA, lead the way as one of #TeamUSA’s flag bearers for the #TokyoParalympics Ope...
08/25/2021

WCC Meli’s namesake, Melissa Stockwell USA, lead the way as one of #TeamUSA’s flag bearers for the #TokyoParalympics Opening Ceremony. 🇺🇸

Congratulations and best of luck to all of TeamUSA, we’re all cheering for you!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Garcia’s Litter - Week 5 Thank you to our magical photo team for these adorable photos!#FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/24/2021

Garcia’s Litter - Week 5

Thank you to our magical photo team for these adorable photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

A Service Dog and Her Veteran ❤️ 🇺🇸 On this Mission Monday, WCC's Cadence is here to show us that wherever her Veteran g...
08/23/2021

A Service Dog and Her Veteran ❤️ 🇺🇸

On this Mission Monday, WCC's Cadence is here to show us that wherever her Veteran goes, she will follow!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

A Service Dog and Her Veteran ❤️ 🇺🇸

On this Mission Monday, WCC's Cadence is here to show us that wherever her Veteran goes, she will follow!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

It’s Sunday Snuggles and WCC’s Arnie needs a buddy! Any takers? #FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/22/2021

It’s Sunday Snuggles and WCC’s Arnie needs a buddy! Any takers?

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

It’s Sunday Snuggles and WCC’s Arnie needs a buddy! Any takers?

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

It’s Saturday Smiles with WCC’s Buzz! Wishing everyone a terrific day. 🌞 #FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/21/2021

It’s Saturday Smiles with WCC’s Buzz!

Wishing everyone a terrific day. 🌞

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

It’s Saturday Smiles with WCC’s Buzz!

Wishing everyone a terrific day. 🌞

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Warrior Canine Connection's very own Meg Daley Olmert, author of the transformative book, "Made for Each Other, the Biol...
08/20/2021
New Rabies Cases Are Overwhelming Northern Uganda

Warrior Canine Connection's very own Meg Daley Olmert, author of the transformative book, "Made for Each Other, the Biology of the Human Animal Bond" has dedicated herself to advancing the healing power of the Human-Canine bond through scientific understanding. Meg introduced Rick to an incredible example of how dogs are helping people in Uganda, one of the most war torn places on Earth. We are so grateful for Meg's efforts and honored to support the courageous people of Uganda who have also discovered the miracles of healing, also referred to as Dogs!

Meg asked us to share this message with you:

"Our friends at the BIG FIX and their rabies vaccination effort have become harder for Uganda, whose dog populations have been suffering from rabies, and in-turn causing fear amongst the citizens that could benefit from the companionship. This disease is 99.9% fatal and 100% preventable. We all know the healing power of dogs and the human-animal bond for our nation's heroes and would like to share the efforts of our friends and other organizations who are doing great work. Everyone should be able to experience the healing power of the human-animal bond."

If you would like to learn more, please visit https://thebigfixuganda.org/blog/new-rabies-cases-are-overwhelming-northern-uganda. The intrepid colleagues at the BIG FIX give you many thanks.

by Sarah Schmidt, President, BIG FIX Uganda We are being overwhelmed by cases of rabid dogs in Northern Uganda. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown suspended rabies vaccination clinics in the region...

08/20/2021
08/20/2021
FINAL HOURS TO VOTE!Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on t...
08/20/2021
Vote for Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets

FINAL HOURS TO VOTE!

Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on the photo below, enter your email address, and confirm your vote!

The organization whose photo has the most votes by noon EDT on August 20, 2021 will win.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1610&fbclid=IwAR0iZJJi9ercNeHgvQP1CIDgTZKyby8dOfywk6Ufv2qYDqxTeoJrRTyR56U

Vote in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest and help Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets win a $1,000 prize!

Dottie’s Litter - Week 5Thank you to our fantastic photo team for these adorable photos! #FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/19/2021

Dottie’s Litter - Week 5

Thank you to our fantastic photo team for these adorable photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

08/19/2021

We were thrilled to be invited by our friends at Host Hotels to be on the judging panel of their Employee Pet Showcase! Host Hotels has been a longtime supporter of WCC, generously providing lodging for out-of-town Veterans to train with their new Service Dogs, volunteering countless hours to improve the Healing Quarters facilities, and sharing amazing space to conduct weekly Puppy Parent classes during the COVID crisis. Over the years, Host Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Washingtonian Center have been a wonderful supporters and generous contributors to WCC’s work. With their partnership, together we are bringing the healing power of dogs to even more of our nation’s Veterans and Military Families!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Congratulations, Kelsey Mack, 2021 Graduation T-Shirt Design Contest Winner!  Thank you to all who submitted a design, i...
08/18/2021

Congratulations, Kelsey Mack, 2021 Graduation T-Shirt Design Contest Winner!

Thank you to all who submitted a design, including Courtney Snyder, Emma George, Jane Magnan, and Katie Hearne!

2021 Pawty Packs including graduation t-shirts will go on sale August 30th. Be sure to check our page on the 30th for ordering information.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Congratulations, Kelsey Mack, 2021 Graduation T-Shirt Design Contest Winner!

Thank you to all who submitted a design, including Courtney Snyder, Emma George, Jane Magnan, and Katie Hearne!

2021 Pawty Packs including graduation t-shirts will go on sale August 30th. Be sure to check our page on the 30th for ordering information.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Garcia's Litter - Week 3Thank you to our fantastic photo team for these adorable photos! #FurTheLoveOfVeterans
08/18/2021

Garcia's Litter - Week 3

Thank you to our fantastic photo team for these adorable photos!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on the photo below, ente...
08/18/2021
Vote for Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets

Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on the photo below, enter your email address, and confirm your vote!

The organization whose photo has the most votes by noon EDT on August 20, 2021 will win.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Vote in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest and help Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets win a $1,000 prize!

The recent news from Afghanistan has stirred a variety of emotions, especially among our Veteran population.  Warrior Ca...
08/17/2021
Veterans Crisis Line: Su***de Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat

The recent news from Afghanistan has stirred a variety of emotions, especially among our Veteran population. Warrior Canine Connection wants to take a moment to thank all the Veterans who served in Afghanistan for their sacrifice and commitment.

You may know Veterans who don't want to be asked about it and others who wish they had someone to talk to. Whether you have served, or know someone who has, we urge everyone in WCC’s support circle to offer a listening ear or silent companionship to those in need. In addition to our staff's personal outreach, Warrior Canine Connection will continue to support all Veterans and their families the best way we know how—through the power of the human-animal bond.

For immediate mental health support please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Free, confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.

You're Invited: 2021 Virtual Graduation & In-Person ReceptionSaturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. ETThe Graduation Ceremony...
08/17/2021

You're Invited: 2021 Virtual Graduation & In-Person Reception

Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. ET
The Graduation Ceremony for our largest class to date will be streamed virtually on Warrior Canine Connection's page. Be sure to tune-in to cheer on our Veterans and the accomplishments of the entire WCC family.

The ceremony will feature:
• 18 Graduating Veteran Service Dog Teams
• Keynote Speaker, Senator Elizabeth Dole
• Awards, and much more!

The Graduation Reception will start at 12:30 p.m. ET following the Virtual Ceremony at WCC's Healing Quarters.
Sponsored by Solid Gold, Mission BBQ, and Tito's

Reception location:
WCC Healing Quarters
14934 Schaeffer Road
Boyds, MD 20841

This event is free and open to the public, pending COVID-19 restrictions. Please RSVP for planning purposes.

https://www.tfaforms.com/4925725

You're Invited: 2021 Virtual Graduation & In-Person Reception

Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. ET
The Graduation Ceremony for our largest class to date will be streamed virtually on Warrior Canine Connection's page. Be sure to tune-in to cheer on our Veterans and the accomplishments of the entire WCC family.

The ceremony will feature:
• 18 Graduating Veteran Service Dog Teams
• Keynote Speaker, Senator Elizabeth Dole
• Awards, and much more!

The Graduation Reception will start at 12:30 p.m. ET following the Virtual Ceremony at WCC's Healing Quarters.
Sponsored by Solid Gold, Mission BBQ, and Tito's

Reception location:
WCC Healing Quarters
14934 Schaeffer Road
Boyds, MD 20841

This event is free and open to the public, pending COVID-19 restrictions. Please RSVP for planning purposes.

https://www.tfaforms.com/4925725

Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on the photo below, ente...
08/17/2021
Vote for Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets

Help us win $1,000 to support our No Fail Mission in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest! Click on the photo below, enter your email address, and confirm your vote!

The organization whose photo has the most votes by noon EDT on August 20, 2021 will win.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

Vote in the GlobalGiving 2021 Photo Contest and help Support Mission Based Trauma Recovery for Vets win a $1,000 prize!

It’s Mission Monday!Catch up with WCC’s Quail and his forever Veteran! #FurTheLoveOfVeterans https://warriorcanineconnec...
08/16/2021
Veteran Service Dog Team Spotlight: David Rabb & WCC’s Gunny Quail - Warrior Canine Connection

It’s Mission Monday!

Catch up with WCC’s Quail and his forever Veteran!

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans

https://warriorcanineconnection.org/colonel-ret-david-rabb-wccs-gunny-quail-connecting-with-the-world/

Col. (Ret.) David Rabb spent his 41-year military career helping others. As a retired VA Social Worker and U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, Rabb spent decades in positions of leadership and mental health—specifically treating those affected by operational and combat stress, battle fatigue, trau...

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Boyds, MD
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WCC teaches Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the skill of training mobility service dogs to be partnered with Veterans with mobility impairments. This worthy mission is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of PTSD in the Warriors who train the dogs. These Warrior-trained service dogs are then partnered with Veterans to provide them years of loyal companionship as well as an increased sense of wellbeing and independence.

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Precious pups this morning 4/26/2021 Thanks for all you do!
I had the privilege of visiting the Warrior Canine Connection Center today. What an incredible organization. I spent time with the trainers and puppies who mentored me . I also met the famous New Year’s Litter (all black labs) and two of the original WCC crew pups who served our nation. I was so honored. Thank you WCC team for a meaningful day!
Hello, I love your mission! I follow your lovely black and white puppies on Youtube. My question is: why are there now extra fences separating the puppies into multiple groups? Seems like they don't like it.
Working as an Election Judge yesterday was a long day... But the highlight was when WCC trainee pup Jamie came in to help her foster/trainer mum vote! She was a Very. Good. Girl. and I was lucky she got a short break from working so I could give her scritches and pats and a belly rub! Thanks for the work you do!
The Best!
I just stumbled across this page and it is amazing! This place is not even 10 minutes from me! Please spread their message. It is an important one.❤️
Happy 5th birthday Ryan. It is hard to believe you have been with us for nearly 3 years. We are very thankful to the Warrior Canine Connection for trusting me with Ryan.
Do you have a need for puppy blankets?
Can you please tell us the birthdate of the litter on your FB cover photo. We’re watching this mama and her 7 pups daily. Oh that puppy breath!
I thought you might like to know you were the featured animal cam on Breakfast this morning in Aotearoa (New Zealand).