Since Semper K9’s founding in 2014, the nonprofit has grown to have over 115 volunteers and K9 coaches. Currently the program is run out of the Baity’s Virginia home, but they will soon start construction on a special facility, giving Semper K9 the home it deserves.
To date, Semper K9 has graduated 26 dog and veteran teams with a 100-percent success rate.
When the right match between dog and veteran comes along, the bond is evident to all, Baity noted. “You just feel it. You can see it in their face, you can see that the dog starts performing for them perfectly,” Baity said. “We’ve had several times during training class where a veteran has had an episode and the dog alerted. A lot of the time the dog is letting us know which veteran they get along with.”