Local Veteran Service Dog Nonprofit Needs A Home

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Semper K9 Eve

Semper K9 rescues dogs to train as service dogs for wounded service members. Pictured is Baity during his evaluation for new service pups.

Manassas, VA – Local nonprofit, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, is currently looking for a new place to call home. Earlier this month the 501(c)(3) learned that their lease would not be renewed at the 54-acre farm they have been leasing for more than 12 months.

“This is heartbreaking news,” said Christopher Baity, founder and Executive Director. “Not only is this going to be a hardship for the veteran families we serve, this is also creating problems for my family.” The Baity family resides in a farmhouse on the property as well.

“When we were approached by the owners to rent the farm as our facility and home, we were in agreement that this would not be a short-term rental. We were looking for something that would be at least five years…a place that our young nonprofit could grow,” Baity continued. Semper K9 volunteers have put in hundreds of hours into creating a safe and relaxing environment to train service dogs and for the veterans they serve to enjoy. Numerous other projects were completed during their time at the farm, including picnic tables made by local veterans, a large vegetable garden, beehives, chicken coop and more.

“I have personally invested over a hundred hours into this property,” said Bo Londagin, Army combat veteran and Semper K9 supporter. “This is upsetting because not only do I support what Semper K9 is accomplishing here, the farm was a place my family could come enjoy while teaching my children about giving back.”


Semper K9's Buster & Service Member

Service Members train and work with their service dogs at Camp Semper K9.

An ideal facility for Semper K9 is a farm-like setting that has a home for their family of six as well as their service dogs in training. They want to stay in Prince William County, as that works well for their family and because of the proximity to MCB Quantico and Ft. Belvoir. Currently, Semper K9 has 10 service dogs in their program, three of which will be graduating on August 4th at a ceremony at the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department on Hillendale Road.

Baity continued, “We really would like to find a place where the owners are proud to have us and want to be a part of our success.” If you have any leads on places that Semper K9 can relocate to, you can send them to info@semperk9.org. Semper K9 has set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist with their moving expenses:  https://www.gofundme.com/campsemperk9.

Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for disabled veterans and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs, they provide service dogs for psychiatric alerts and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members. To find out more about their mission please visit their website at www.semperk9.org.


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