Together with KHS, Early Times will raise and train Earl to become a service canine as part of its longtime partnership with K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization committed to training service canines for military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other trauma resulting from post-9/11 military service.
Earl will start his journey in Louisville until the of end of summer, when he will continue his formal service training with K9s For Warriors and ultimately be matched with a veteran at the completion of the fall 2019 program.
“Early Times has been a longtime partner of K9s For Warriors, and as a truly-American brand with a heartfelt military connection, we wanted to go beyond a donation to show our support,” said Early Times Senior Brand Manager Dallas Cheatham, who is fostering Earl. “The K9s For Warriors program saves lives, and by rescuing Earl as a candidate for the program, we know that more than one life was changed today. It’s humbling to personally have a hand in Earl’s journey, which we believe will lead him to become an amazing companion for a veteran who needs him.”
Like Earl, the primary source of dogs for the K9s For Warriors training program is rescue animals. Early Times partnered with KHS to help identify potential canine companions, and upon finding Earl, the KHS team immediately knew he was special.
“Earl is the total package — confident, intelligent, resilient and eager to engage with ‘his’ people. He's going to thrive in his new career!” said Kat Rooks, KHS Kentucky Initiatives Director.
In addition to training for the K9s For Warriors program, Earl will explore Louisville and enjoy visits with his new family at the Brown-Forman Distillery, where Early Times is produced. Fans 21 years and over can follow along Earl’s journey by visiting Early Times’ Website
About Early Times Kentucky Whisky
From a rich history dating back to 1860, Early Times continues to use the same process of distilling, using crystal clear Kentucky water, select grains, and a special yeast. Early Times is matured in oak barrels to give it special smoothness and flavor. The Brown-Forman Company acquired Early Times in 1923. Today its smoothness is savored in over 40 countries. Visit www.earlytimes.com or Early Times’ Facebook page to learn more.
About Kentucky Humane Society
A private nonprofit organization headquartered in Louisville, the Kentucky Humane Society is the state’s largest pet adoption agency and spay/neuter provider. A champion for companion animals, KHS is focused on creating more compassionate communities through leadership, education and proactive solutions. Learn more www.kyhumane.org.
About K9s For Warriors
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma (MST) as a result of military service post-9/11. The service dog program is unique and offers an innovative approach to recovering from the invisible wounds of war. Two lives are transformed with each pairing. The veteran reduces his/her risk of suicide while the rescue dog receives a newfound purpose. Find more information at www.k9sforwarriors.org