The Eric + Jessie Decker Foundation announced a $125,000 grant to Denver-based Freedom Service Dogs to support the training of service dogs and their new training facility.
Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization that unleashes the potential of shelter dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need.
“This grant will support both the maintenance of the new building and fund the rescuing, training, and placing of life-changing service dogs with veterans at no cost,” said Eric Decker.
The new Freedom Service Dogs facility sits on 1.46 acres with an adjoining 1.1 acre lot that is ideal for outdoor kennels and play yards. This expansion will eventually double the number of clients that Freedom Service Dogs serves annually, decrease the wait-time for their clients, reduce kennel stress, and improve the success rate of graduating service dogs.
“We are honored that the Eric + Jessie Decker Foundation has chosen to support Freedom Service Dogs over the years,” stated Michele Ostrander, Freedom Service Dogs President & CEO. “With so many worthy causes out there, it means the world to us, and truly impacts the lives of the dogs we take in, and the veterans we serve. We are incredibly grateful for their belief in our mission, and their investment in our future.”
To date, The Eric + Jessie Decker Foundation has funded and matched eight service dogs for veterans with disabilities through Deckers Dogs, an initiative conceived in 2013 after the Decker’s met several of the Freedom Service Dog’s clients.
“We are so grateful to our partners and donors for their support. This grant will save two lives, the life of a shelter dog and the life of a veteran,” added Jessie James Decker. “We owe so much to these American heroes and this grant will help them get the support they need.”