Scoop Soldiers, Valor Service Dogs team up to help wounded veterans, first responders

No one knows better than Scoop Soldiers, a professional pet waste removal service, and Valor Service Dogs, a local non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans and first responders rebuild their independence, that humans can be healed by the power of a dog’s love.

Since Scoop Soldiers has recently expanded to the Tampa Bay Area, they have created a unique collaboration with Valor Services Dogs to roll out a honorable offer for veterans: Any of their dogs placed with post-9/11 wounded veterans or disabled first responders come with a lifetime of free pet waste removal services for that individual to aid in a seamless transition of service dog ownership.
 
“We have done some targeted giving in the past, with one of our most recent projects with Wounded Warriors. We wanted to focus on one cause and make a bigger impact instead of patchwork charity. As we were just expanding to Tampa, we found out about Valor Service Dogs,'' says Josh Cahill, President and Co-Founder of Scoop Soldiers. "I was just blown away by how many dogs they are placing as well as their model and approach to it. They use volunteers to do the training, and it comes at a lot of expense. Over two years, the dogs are trained to do everything from opening a fridge to zipping and unzipping jackets. It takes a special person to do this.”
 
No one likes to stoop to scoop poop, but with time pressures coming from all sources, Scoop Soldiers has seen impressive growth in their company by taking #2 off your to-do list. Plucking piles by day, Scoop Soldiers has further solidified their partnership with Valor Service Dogs by sponsoring the education for the next buddy-in-training: a black lab named Hunter.
 
“We just jumped on this opportunity because it’s exactly what we want to do, to see where he’s placed and who he will support. As we expand into different markets, we initially didn’t think about how to be a part of the community. Now that we have expanded into Tampa this past August, we want to support this community and make a difference,” Cahill says. “This is just the beginning of our partnership with Valor Service Dogs’ efforts to place more dogs. The core of it starts with the love of dogs, and we will do anything we can do to push that further.”
 
For more information, visit these websites: Valor Service Dogs and Scoop Soldiers.

Read more articles by Caitlin Albritton.

Caitlin Albritton is a freelance writer based in Tampa with a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. When she's not looking at art throughout town, she can be found making it. You can keep up with her visual art on Instagram @caitlinalbritton or on her website.
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