b'allow for the expansion of other animal-assisted therapies and forms of integrative medicine, such as equine-assisted therapy, art therapy, therapeutic farming and gardening, among others.Construction ProgressToday, property renovations and construction are well underway. With the help of more than 1,400 partners and friends, WCC has completed construction of a Caretaker Farmhouse, providing for round-the-clock operations, care of animals, property oversight and a temporary kennel facility.With construction of these mission-critical buildings complete, WCC was able to relocate its headquarter operations to the new site in the summer of 2016. That summer, WCC also worked with partner companies to build a small Welcome Center, providing a comfortable environment to welcome Veterans, Military Families and visitors.Other buildings still slated for construction include a FireLiz Worthington, a Warrior Canine Connection volunteer, spends time with two golden retriever puppies. Before puppies embark on a two-year training program, they get plenty of human interaction so they can be a friendly Protection Building and remodeling necessary for a Puppyservice dog for wounded warriors. U.S. Air Force photo/Sean KimmonsEnrichment Center. Currently, WCC is working to renovate aWhy Donors Support WCC 1938 large barn at the property to serve as the organizations headquarters and training facilities. This building alone willWCC is accredited by Assistance Dogs International add 12,600 square feet of critical space to WCCs current(ADI), assuring that the organization adheres to the highest operational facilities. When complete, the renovation of thestandards of dog care and program management. Healing Quarters property will increase WCCs capacityNearly 86 cents of every single dollar you donate to WCC to support programs and services for tens of thousands ofgoes directly into programs providing our unique form ofVeterans and Active Duty Service Members through its animal-assisted therapy and placement of assistanceprogram sites nationwide. dogs with wounded Veterans.Our Partners Get InvolvedWith help from industry leaders like the AssociatedWarrior Canine Connection is able to continue to doGeneral Contractors (AGC) of America and the Steelthe work we do because of the support of people like you. Framing Industry Association (SFIA), WCC has assembled Help contribute to the mission by volunteering, donatingan all-star team of experts from around the country whoto our cause, or just by purchasing some great Warrior have helped to guide the development of the HealingCanine Connection gear to help support WCCs services to Quarters. WCC values the generous individual, corporaterecovering Warriors. and foundation Capital Campaign contributors who make Check out the merchandise available at the following,our work possible. We invite you to join us in this importanthttps://warrior-canine-connection.myshopify.comwork by making a gift today. Individual Volunteer Opportunitieshttps://warriorcanineconnection.org/get-involved/volunteerBecome a Puppy ParentPuppy Parents raise our service dogs for approximately two years before the dogs graduate and are placed with a forever Veteran.Become a Puppy SitterSometimes, WCC service dogs in training (SDiT) need a place to stay for a few days or even a few weeks. They may be transitioning between caretakers or their Puppy Parents may need time off for a holiday or a family emergency.Hold a Community EventWarrior Canine Connection (WCC) is deeply appreciative of the time and effort it takes to host an event that will raise funds and awareness for our organization.Event SupportWCC is asked to participate in hundreds of events. With a limited staff, we rely on a wonderful team of volunteers to help increase our presence at community events. Golden retriever puppies for Warrior Canine Connection. Research has shown that dogs can help with the physical and emotional effects of traumatic injuries. U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons .continued on page 30Aberdeen Proving Ground Military Appreciation Resource Magazine 29'