Texans Pup presented by Kroger | HoustonTexans.com
The Houston Texans are proud to announce the inaugural Texans service pup! Over the next 14-16 months, Texans Pup will be trained by a volunteer from America's VetDogs to ultimately become a service dog in his fur-ever home for a deserving veteran or first responder!
Suns out, tongues out! I am so excited to spend the next 14-16 months with everyone in the Texans community!
I'll be working hard, sometimes even doing two-a-days, to become the best service dog I can be to ultimately be paired with a deserving veteran or first responder. Until then, I am so excited to attend Texans home games and so many special memorable events in the community.
I can't wait to meet you and make fetch happen again!
It was during MacKenzie's time as a student at University of Georgia that she was introduced puppy raising. The school is home to one of the largest populations of volunteer puppy raisers for the Guide Dog Foundation (sister organization of America's VetDogs); seeing puppies on campus and in classrooms as a part of their campus hosted volunteer puppy program. MacKenzie researched the organization and immediately signed up to become a volunteer puppy raiser. By March 2018, she was handed her first puppy, a female yellow Labrador retriever. After relocating to Houston, she volunteered to be the Texans Pup raiser because she believe in America's VetDogs' mission and because she saw through their actions that the Houston Texans love their community.
Since 2002, the Houston Texans have donated more than $37 million back to the community through the Houston Texans Foundation. The mission of the Houston Texans Foundation is to be Champions for Youth. Through the foundation and under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Cal McNair and Vice President of the Texans Foundation Hannah McNair, the Texans support and administer programs in education, character development, and health and wellness to empower the next generation of Texans. As strong supporters of the military, the Texans partner with military partners and veteran-service organizations throughout the year to show our appreciation to all those who have served.
Since 2003, America's VetDogs has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans from all eras, and first responders with disabilities. VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America's VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.
The Kroger Houston Division operates more than 100 stores in SE Texas and Louisiana and employs over 18,000 associates. Last year, Kroger Houston donated $1.9M to local non-profit organizations and schools, and donated 2.6M pounds of food to local food banks. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.
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