On October 25, 2014, we were called to take in a puppy who had been savagely attacked at his home. Animal Control had stopped the attack and now the puppy was in shock, covered in bite wounds, with a badly mangled leg. Your generous donations enabled us to take him, treat his many wounds, and save his horribly broken leg. We named him Trooper, for his fighting spirit. Trooper was with his foster mom Vicki, then with me for three months of medical rehabilitation. He finally got medical clearance to go to a regular foster home and they sent me this great video today of Trooper being a happy, playful puppy. Thank you to everyone who helps us save so many #LevyCountyDogs! If you'd like to donate to our general vet fund so we can save puppies like Trooper if the situation arises again, please donate today at THANK YOU for all your support! <3 -Michelle
Jada is such a goofball. Due to her mistrust of people, she lives with me, the Director of Phoenix Animal Rescue so she can enjoy a life free from people who scare her. One of the funniest things about her is how happy she is when I get home and take her outside. She is such a happy exuberant girl, and it's a shame no one else gets to see this happy side of her. But I'm grateful she has chosen me to trust so she can be this over-the-top happy. Go Jada!! Mommy loves you and all your snorts!!
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Janie McGinity
· September 17, 2015
I have always been a fan of PAR. As the mother of two little girls, we visited them at Pet Smart on many Saturday's. I love how nice the staff always was and how the animals were treated. We knew when... it was time to adopt we would go to PAR. That time never seemed to come until one day this sweet little black puppy named Fancy needed fostered. It was love at first site and she never went back-we adopted her last weekend. Sandy and Michelle are the nicest and kindest women you will ever meet. I will always support this organization. Thank you Pheonix Animal Rescue. You do great things. See More
Geri Severin Shanley
· February 10, 2016
I came to know Michelle through PAR when I first met and adopted one of her pups after she had an HOME inspection.
I eventually saw her time after time at Westend animal vet.
I heard about her issue...s regarding abuse on Tv20 during this time and was concerned. She seemed to be so wholesome. In fact, she told me she was a nanny in my home before I even bought my home. She went to school to be a elementary teacher.
So, after the defamatory statements on TV20 of all places, I felt I needed to help.
I was the "puppy rescue foster mom." Any puppy that came across PAR was mine unless it was too much. That's when Kim Smith came in to the rescue to take the Madagascar litter. We were volunteers without asking for food or treatment of fleas etc. We sacrificed our homes for these pups. We gave all to PAR.
Since then I was able to adopt Curtis who I've had since Oct. 2014 with an autoimmune symptom that attacks his bones (diagnosed less than a year) and Hank who may have cancer( also diagnosed less than a year) since April, 2015.
These pups were taken away from me in Oct. 2015 when I was involved in a hit and run accident ONLY because Michelle Dunlap was upset when I told her I was with a former acquaintance of hers. No other reason. (I didn't know the volunteer rules. )
Since then I now have both Curtis and Hank back but it's been nothing but hell. Don't get involved with PAR.
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Emily Fuggetta
· October 15, 2015
I've been a huge fan of PAR since I began looking for my first dog in 2009. I knew I wanted a pit bull or "bully" type dog because I had fallen in love with pitties I'd met, so I inquired about a dog ...named Lily that Phoenix had listed for adoption. Michelle Dunlap, PAR's director, talked with me and determined that Lily wasn't a good fit for my lifestyle (student, apartment living) but introduced me to Valentina, who was PERFECT for me.

For the next six years, Michelle and I stayed in touch through photos of Tina and me asking whenever I needed an opinion on doggie matters. This August, I lost my sweet girl to a hemangiosarcoma. I asked Michelle to search for another Phoenix dog for me to love.

I live across the country, and I could have strolled into any shelter and adopted a dog, but I went to Michelle because I trust her. I explained my recent life changes (I was hit by a car while riding my horse and lost half my right leg) and how they impact my mobility, which means I need a dog with a certain type of demeanor. Michelle had the perfect suggestion – a sweet 4-year-old ex-bait dog who reminds me a lot of my Tina from what I've seen in the photos and videos Michelle has been sending despite her busy schedule.

Soon I'll have my new girl out here with me in Oregon, and I can't wait!! I'm positive I'll be just as happy with her as I was with my beloved Valentina. I hope Phoenix can pair me with every dog I adopt for many, many years!
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Nikki Huttula
· September 4, 2015
I rescued Ariel from Phoenix who is the best puppy in the world. This rescue group really cares about their animals, and tries to find the best homes for them. The dogs they have are all so amazing. T...his rescue group was very easy to work with, and overall were very nice people. If you're ever wanting to rescue a dog, this is the rescue to go to! See More
Sean Vining
· September 16, 2015
I work at the vet clinic Phoenix Animal Rescue uses, and I was so impressed with the care they provide for their animals that my wife and I decided to start fostering through Phoenix. As we began out with adoptions and participating in fundraising events, we got to know many of the people who collectively make up Phoenix Animal Rescue, including of course the director Michelle Dunlap. The more time we spend with Michelle and the other many wonderful people in/associated with the rescue, the greater respect we have for their efforts... It has been nothing short of INSPIRING. Very glad to see Michelle Dunlap and Phoenix Animal Rescue keep pushing forward and doing what's right for the animals in need. See More
Barbara Janowitz
· January 29, 2015
Love what you do!! You have done been an amazing voice and advocate for dogs in need over the past 11 years (going on 12 this year). Always willing to do what you can for the most severe cases to j...ust every day needs of dogs left at the shelter or to run the streets!!! Keep up the great work. You must be something right as the adoption rate for PAR keeps going up!!! See More
Andreina Maria
· January 15, 2015
This rescue brought 8 beautiful creatures into my life over the span of a few months, but most importantly, it brought me my precious nugget. I couldn't be more appreciative of the work that Phoenix A...nimal Rescue has done for all these dogs and all the work it continues to do (Go Michelle!). Thank you for the opportunity to be a foster mom to 7 and a foster failure to Calliah! See More
Amaya Reed
· January 31, 2015
Thank you Phoenix Animal Rescue, for your unwavering commitment to helping our community one dog at a time. The extent to which you are involved in needy animals lives is truly commendable. The transf...ormation process each dog undergoes once they become a PAR dog is like no other. To witness a broken shell of a dog regain trust for people and ultimately find happiness in a new family is amazing. Whether the need is helping a family keep their pet by assisting them with food or vet bills, or funding spay/neuters to low income families in the community, Phoenix steps up. Not only does Phoenix Animal Rescue take the time to screen and place every dog in the most suitable home, but they will also assist with behavior/obedience issues that arise afterwards. All PAR dogs have the safeguard of being able to come back if ever needing rehoming instead of going to a shelter. I have come across few rescue groups willing to go to this extent for the dogs in their program. Keep up the wonderful work you do to help so many (2 legged & 4 legged) find their happiness against. You will continue to have my support, by whatever means I can contribute to the cause at hand. I love seeing all the transformations, updates, and following the stories of the lucky PAR pups. :-) See More
Candice Marie Durst
· July 21, 2015
I want to thank them so much. We had a 5 months old female puppy that we were unable to keep and they came and got her so we didn't have to take her to the pound. They told us she would go to a foster... home or stay with them. This made me feel great inside and seeing her husband was an EMT meant a lot to me knowing he has a heart to help. Thank y'all sooo much See More
Kelly Marton
· October 15, 2014
I had an awesome experience fostering for Phoenix. As it was my first foster experience I had a lot of questions, and they were always answered quickly and thoroughly by Michelle and through the netwo...rk of other foster families. I was so happy to be able to help save a life and I will definitely do it again in the future through Phoenix. See More
Zack Pulski
· November 18, 2015
I recently got in contact with Phoenix through their website contact form. I was pleased to get quick response. I explained in my initial query our situation with our dog and that we had to find a new... home for him. They told me that if I posted a good photo and description of my dog that they would gladly share it on their page and hopefully adopt him on our own. I did that nearly a week ago, and they never did share the post publicly. I sent another letter immediately after posting to the FB page letting them know I did and to ask if there would be other options or if they could recommend other options as we are in a pinch come the end of the month. I have yet to receive a response. See More
Caroline Dimmer
· September 15, 2015
Phoenix Animal Rescue claims to have a service dog training program for veterans with PTSD, that fully trains service dogs in 90-120 days. This is not in conjunction with ADI or IAADP minimum standard...s, which state that service dogs must receive a minimum of 6 months training, compromised of at least 120 hours of training. It is unethical and irresponsible to turn out dogs with inadequate training. See More
Donna Bratten
· January 29, 2015
I have 3 Phoenix Rescue Dogs, with that said, I have worked owned and vetted dogs all my life and worked with many rescue groups all over not just in Florida. After meeting with Michelle Dunlap I new ...I had chosen the right Rescue to put my time and energy into. Her dedication to these animals that she and her team rescue is by far the best I have seen in a long time. Each one of these dogs are promised a better life FOREVER even if a new forever home doesn't work, they try again. Dogs that would of been given up on, Phoenix gives that extra push in behavior or vetting! Phoenix has a wonderful foster family that helps dogs learn to be a family dog again or helps puppies with things puppies need to know! Michelle tries hard to give a bully breed a better rap and is very passionate about this. I have the up most respect for Phoenix Animal Rescue and so does the Alachua Sports Pub. There are many ways you can help this group, adopt, foster, donate time or money! See More
Bill Thyberg
· January 29, 2015
I have followed Phoenix Animal Rescue for several years of good rescue stories ,the dedication of the volunteers. ....and their family of friends, can not be matched. ..Come get you a Phoenix Rescue d...og..from "that one" they are the best! See More
Alison Gause Kinney
· January 29, 2015
My family and I have been a proud supporter of Michelle Dunlap and Phoenix Animal Rescue for 8+ years. We have fostered 4 dogs and became a foster failure last month when we adopted our sweet Knox. ...Thank you for all you do for the dogs of our communities! See More
Kristin Turner Wilkinson
· September 17, 2015
Phoenix Animal Rescue does amazing work!! This group has been involved in animal rescue in the Gainesville area for years. They go above and beyond to help the dogs in greatest need in the area--ev...en those needing extensive medical care, training or just some time and patience. See More
Kristy Myny
· September 16, 2015
This groups claims to have a "fully-trained" service dog in 90 days or less when in reality this hurts the Service Dog industry and is not compliant with Assistance Dogs Standard (ADI).

Note-this is... from ADI's website that is free and open to the public, no background in training service dogs needed to see that Phoenix's service dog program is not truly training the dogs to their full potential:

Assistance Dogs International has developed minimum standards and ethics which all member and candidate programs must follow. This committee updates existing standards and develops new ones. These standards form the basis of the ADI accreditation program.

The public should understand that these are minimum standards. Please take time to read each one to understand all that goes into producing an effective working assistance dog.

*****Please note
A number of non-accredited assistance dog organizations and some individual private trainers may state that they work to the standards set by Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation. However, they have not been accredited and their work has not been subject to scrutiny by experienced accreditation assessors.*****

Training Standards
These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that are members or candidates of ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.

1. The service dog must respond to commands (basic obedience and skilled tasks) from the
client 90% of the time on the first ask in all public and home environments.
2. The service dog should demonstrate basic obedience skills by responding to voice and/or
hand signals for sitting, staying in place, lying down, walking in a controlled position near the
client and coming to the client when called.
***3. The service dog must meet all of the standards as laid out in the minimum standards for
Assistance Dogs in Public and should be equally well behaved in the home.***
4. The service dog must be trained to perform at least 3 tasks* to mitigate the client’s disability.
· The task must be visibly identifiable.
· The task must directly mitigate the client’s disability.
· The client’s records must show that the tasks are directly connected to (and mitigate)
the client’s disability.
5. The client must be provided with enough instruction to be able to meet the ADI Minimum
Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public. The client must be able to demonstrate:
· That their dog can perform at least 3 tasks.
· Knowledge of acceptable training techniques.
· An understanding of canine care and health.
· The ability to maintain training, problem solve, and continue to train/add new skills
(as required) with their service dog.
· Knowledge of local access laws and appropriate public behavior.
****6. The assistance dog program must document monthly follow ups with clients for the first 6 months following placement. Personal contact will be done by qualified staff or program
volunteer within 12 months of graduation and annually thereafter.****
7. Identification of the service dog will be accomplished with the laminated ID card with a
photo(s) and names of the dog and partner. In public the dog must wear a cape, harness,
backpack, or other similar piece of equipment or clothing with a logo that is clear and easy to
read and identifiable as assistance dogs.
8. The program staff must demonstrate knowledge of the client’s disabilities in relation to the
services they provide. The program shall make available to staff and volunteers educational
material on different disabilities.
***9. The client must abide by the ADI Minimum Standards of Assistance Dog Partners.***
10. Prior to placement every service dog must meet the ADI Standards and Ethics Regarding
Dogs, be spayed/neutered and have current vaccination certificates as determined by their
veterinarian and applicable laws. It is the program’s responsibility to inform the client of any
special health or maintenance care requirements for each dog.
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Lynne Leoncavallo
· December 4, 2014
Amazing rescue! Michelle helped us with a stray pit when no one else would. We fostered (and failed :) but PAR covered his heartworm treatment, his neuter and all the antibiotics to treat his anaplasm...osis and ehrlichia. Can't say enough good things about this rescue! See More
Patrick D Bruneau
· January 7, 2015
Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication to these defenseless animals. I hope that this year brings even more success stories, with far less "drama" than last year. I am glad to see that th...e organization remained focused on what was important, the animals. Keep up the great work! See More
Mindy Miller
· December 14, 2014
Phoenix Animal Rescue is phenomenal! They are continually serving our community. They know their animals SO well and provide honest feedback to make sure you find the perfect match for your family :) ...I cannot applaud them all enough! See More

We aren't rescuing dogs anymore, but are helping rescued dogs find a new mission in life through Service Dogs for Patriots!

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Service Dog in Training Mike got his veterinary checkup and passed with flying colors! Formerly Max from Gainesville Pet Rescue, SDiT Mike is well on his way to... changing his dad's life who rarely leaves his home due to PTSD. Thank you to our sponsor One Team One Fight 4 PTSD for enabling us to provide service dog training at no cost to Jose and his family! @oneteamonefightptsd @gainesvillepetrescue
#servicedogMike #servicedogintraining #servicedogsofig #rescueddog #ptsdservicedog #PTSD #ptsdawareness #ptsdtherapy #22aday #spreadingawareness #inspiration #donteverquit #warrior #Patriot #supportourveterans #army #armyvet #servicedogtraining #veteranserviceorganization #servicedogsforpatriots

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Do something for yourself today after work! Hang out with service dogs from 5PM til 8PM at Fluid Lounge in Tioga Town Center! Mention the word CHARITY when you order a Bramble, Old Fashion, or Moscow Mule and Fluid Lounge will donate a portion of your purchase to train former shelter dogs to become service dogs with Pets and Patriots Foundation! Happy Hour for a Great Cause!


Please donate to Pets and Patriots Foundation today on #GivingTuesday and your donation will be doubled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook! Your contributions are used locally to help former shelter dogs become service dogs for veterans with PTSD in North Central Florida. Our cooperative training method empowers veterans and their family to work together to rebuild their lives while training with Pets and Patriots Service Dog Trainers. When you help a shelter dog become a service dog, you're saving two lives - a shelter dog and a soldier. Make a difference in your community today by donating online at or by clicking the donate button. Even if you can't donate, please share our fundraiser and tag a friend who loves dogs! Thanks!

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Michelle has raised $305 for Pets and Patriots Foundation.

Michelle Dunlap is asking for donations to Pets and Patriots Foundation.

Please donate to Pets and Patriots Foundation today on #GivingTuesday and your donation will be doubled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook! Yo...ur contributions are used locally to help former shelter dogs become service dogs for veterans with PTSD in North Central Florida. Our cooperative training method empowers veterans and their family to work together to rebuild their lives while training with Pets and Patriots Service Dog Trainers. When you help a shelter dog become a service dog, you're saving two lives - a shelter dog and a soldier. Make a difference in your community today by donating online at or by clicking the donate button. Even if you can't donate, please share our fundraiser and tag a friend who loves dogs! Thanks!

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Ronin's dad was a veteran who took his life after battling PTSD for many years. His family is being displaced due to this horrible tragedy, and needs to rehome their dogs. The only dog left who needs a home is the black and tan houndy boy, Ronin. He's good with kids (lives with 3) and good with dogs (lives with two big dogs and one little dog). If you're looking for a good family dog, please consider taking in Ronin. He's a nice boy who is very sad because of his family's situation. He's located in Ocala, FL and transport can be arranged if you're out of the area but willing to take in Ronin and give him a good life. At the very least, please share. Thanks in advance!

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Update: Ronin has found a temporary foster home. Thank you everyone for caring and sharing 😍😘🐕🐶

Calling All Rescue Peeps!! I come to you with another sad st...ory of a family who is having to rehome a family pup due to desperate circumstances. Please share Ronin.....and if anyone can foster or wants more info on adopting him please let me know. He is a hound mix 3 yrs old, neutered but not up to date on Vaccines for this year as times have been extremely tough for the family. Please try not to judge this situation and only share and comment if you can help. The owner is tagged in this post to hopefully be able to answer any questions. Good with other dogs and kids not sure about cats. Dog is located in the Ocala area. Thanks in advance everyone 😚

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Pre-registration for the Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk ends this evening! Check in quickly tomorrow by pre-registering! Registration is available the day of the race, beginning at 1:00PM at Depot Park, located at 200 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL.

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Pre-register for faster check in! Registration is also available on race day. Join the race, or just come for the fun! It’s a great way to support our veterans!

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Register today to reserve your spot in the Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk in beautiful Depot Park in Gainesville, FL! Pets and Patriots Foundation trains former shelter dogs to become PTSD service dogs for veterans. #RescuedDogtoWorkingDog #RescuedistheBestBreed #PTSDServiceDogs

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Our hearts go out to Shorty as he mourns the loss of Hercules, his beloved pit bull. ❤️

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Shorty Rossi

Today is a sad day. I got a call from the #vet to come now. #hercules took a turn for the bad. Around 10:30am today he took his last breath in my arms and past... away on his own. Even though the pain can not be expressed I was glad to be their with his last breath. Please remember Hercules for who he was and what he has done for the #pitbull breed. He will always be a #legend to me. #godbless #shortyrossi #pitboss

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Business sponsors make a huge impact in our community, and Pets and Patriots Foundation is grateful to the businesses helping make the Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk a big success! THANK YOU Gunworks LLC!

Thank you to Gunworks LLC for sponsoring the Racer Refreshment Station at the Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk!

Gunworks LLC is a veteran-owned and operated family located in Melrose, FL. They specialize in custom gunsmithing. From inherited family firearms to personalization of favorite weapons, they are experts in providing service and restorations. Gunworks offers CWP Training, NRA Rifle Training, NRA Shotgun Training, and is a certified Glock Armorer. Gunworks can help you find the right firearm, make sure your equipment is in top-notch working order, and train you to ensure mastery of firearm use.

Contact Sean at Gunworks by visiting or calling 352 478-3014.

Thank you, Gunworks LLC, for showing your commitment to our community, our veterans, and our families by supporting service dogs helping veterans recover from Post-Traumatic Stress. You're making our community a better place to live by helping improve lives! THANK YOU!

#BusinessPartner #BusinessSponsor #CommunityCommitment #CommunityInvolvement #CommunityCollaboration #PTSDAwareness #PTSDServiceDogs #VeteransServices #VeteranServiceOrganization #VSO #PetsandPatriots #NorthCentralFlorida

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If you live near Gainesville, FL please join us for the Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness of training rescued dogs to work as PTSD service dogs for veterans! Register at

#rescueddogtoworkingdog #PTSDServiceDogs #rescuedisthebestbreed #shelterdogsrock #servicedogsrock #PetsandPatriots

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Have you been wondering what Phoenix Animal Rescue has been up to? We changed our name and our mission in January 2017 to focus on training service dogs for veterans with PTSD. We still have the same focus on rescued dogs, and Phoenix Alumna Liberty from the Sumter County Shelter is the first service dog we trained for a veteran. She's the gorgeous blue pit bull in this photo, with her trainer Amanda who serves as our Veteran Liaison. We hope you'll follow our new mission at the Pets and Patriots Foundation page! We love sharing how much rescued dogs are changing lives as service dogs for veterans!

Many thanks again to Gainesville Harley-Davidson and Buell and Amvets Post 88 for hosting the Poker Run this weekend to raise funds for service dog training! Bikers + Veterans + Dogs = An awesome team!

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Poker Run today! We started out at Gainesville Harley-Davidson and Buell and ended at Amvets Post 88, where we all enjo...yed great music and great food. The funds raised today help provide service dog training to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress. You guys are the greatest for all you do for veterans!!

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Congratulations to Pets and Patriots Foundation!

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Thank you to the kind person who nominated our organization for the SunState Federal Credit Union Charity of the month! We were selected as the recipient of th...e $500 award! On behalf of all our veterans and service dogs, thank you to our community for your enormous support! We are so very grateful to SunState for their continued generosity!

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Will you donate today to continue Scout's service dog training? She is a rescued dog trained in the prison dog program at the RMC facility in Lake Butler, FL. She's now paired with a Navy veteran to help her recover from Post-Traumatic Stress. Your tax-deductible donation helps provide service dog training so Scout can help her mom live a normal life again.…/

Thank you to everyone entering to win the BarkBox full of yummy fun for your dog! Don't miss out on your chance to make your dog unbelievably happy! Proceeds help provide service dog training to rescued dogs!!

Service Dogs for Patriots added 7 new photos to the album: BarkBox Chance Drawing.

$10 per ticket for your chance to win a BarkBox full of delicious fun for your dog!

Win this BarkBox and your dog will love you even more than he thought poss...ible! This BarkBox includes a BarkPost chew toy with 8 EIGHT! squeakies (OMG!!); No Grainers roasted duck jerky chews - proudly Made in the USA!; Sojos bacon cheddar gourmet biscuits - 100% wheat and corn free!; Butcher's Block Bones 6" Krunchie Tube (okay, it's a cow trachea, and that's gross, but your dog will freakin' LOVE it) - also proudly Made in the USA from USDA inspected beef; and a big ole stuffie with high pitched squeakers inside for hours of fun (or minutes, depending on your dog).

To purchase your chance to win this super fun BarkBox, click on this link…/ , click DONATE NOW, and add the word BARKBOX next to your first name. Your name will be added to a bucket of names, and a name will be pulled randomly from the bucket on July 21. The winner will be announced on the Pets and Patriots Facebook page.

You can purchase more than one ticket! Donate in increments of $10 and add the word BARKBOX next to your first name. For every $10 increment you donate, your name will be added to the name bucket. If you can't pick up the BarkBox in person in Gainesville, FL, we are happy to ship the BarkBox to you!

Proceeds from this chance drawing will be used for training service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

For questions and info about this drawing or our organization, please email

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