September 15, 2008
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April 14, 2019
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K9 Hero Haven
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“K9 Hero Haven is a 100% volunteer organization. K9 Hero Haven is dedicated to serving the military, veterans, and first responders by providing working dogs a home for retirement. The K-9s employed with the military and first responders are the best at what they do. They are expected to work in the most toughest of environments and face the harshest of conditions. At any moment, they are expected to selfishly give their live to save ours.
K9 Hero Haven helps to transition dogs to retirement. If at all possible, we want to re-unite a dog with its handler. We give preference to provide veterans and law enforcement with retired working dogs in honor of their sacrifices. We strive to educate the public on the roles that these dogs place in our world, and to highlight the level of training which goes into to these dogs never to forget the dedication to their service in keeping us safe from danger.
We work hard to find good homes for our dogs. We also work to provide dignity and respect to the dogs who need some additional work to prepare them for their journey to retirement.”
Message from his foster dad, Lamar, on April 14, 2019:
“Today we lost a great friend and veteran. CWD Sony was a 6 yr veteran of Afghanistan that was wounded in combat on two separate occasions. I got the opportunity to be in contact with one of his handlers and he told me that Sony had saved his life on two occasions. I am not sure if he was wounded during these incidents or not. He retired in 2016 and during the process of being returned to the Unites States he became critically ill and almost died. After his health improved, with a lot of prayers and excellent care by Companion Animal Hospital (Selinsgrove, PA) and K9 Hero Haven (Herndon, PA), Melanie and I were contacted to foster Sony until he could complete his recovery and be adopted by a forever family. The perfect forever home was never found and we became long term fosters to this 4 legged hero.
Of all the working dogs that we have fostered, Sony was a very special dog. He never met a stranger and loved to interact with his humans and get their love and attention. He was loyal, loving and a best friend. Sony’s health started to deteriorate in the last 6-8 months. He had difficulty walking and was loosing control of his bodily functions. Sony and I had that talk this past Thursday. He told me he was tired and he would be OK and that his time was near. After sharing a few tears, I made the arrangments for Monday, April 15.
On Sunday, April 14, Sony tried to get up from his bed and fell and could not walk or support himself anymore. I made contact with the Emergency Animal Hospital in Athens, Georgia and at 1:09 PM today, CWD Sony crossed over to Rainbow Bridge. His End of Watch arrived and his duties were completed. RIP my special hero, rest in peace! You will be missed and we have your back. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fi!!”
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