SD Gunner Fund’s “Vets for Heroes”

This time, "vets" refers to "veterinarians," as the SD Gunner Fund teamed up with the Savannah Kennel Club to provide animal healthcare services to military and first responders' furry friends, because pets are heroes, too.

Photo courtesy of Britnee Kinard, president and founder of SD Gunner Fund

On December 5, 2020 the SD Gunner Fund in partnership with the Savannah Kennel Club and the National Spay Alliance Savannah held their “Vets for Heroes” veterinary clinic in Savannah, Georgia. Military and first responders were invited to bring their pets, dogs and cats, to the National Spay Alliance Savannah clinic for basic preventive care.

The event was sponsored by the Teresa Cowart Real Estate Team. A variety of vendors were on hand to show their support for the event as well as show off their amazing pet friendly products. Some of those vendors included but aren’t limited to: Bone Island Dog Spa, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, ADT, Howe2Run, Black Dog, Hipster Hound, United Veteran Home Loans, Fins Animal Training, A little Cattywampus, Crittersit Doggie Day Care, and Happy Hounds Dog Training. Step One Auto was also onsite providing free meals for all military and first responders.

“We are so excited that we were able to serve our amazing military and first responder community,” says Britnee Kinard, founder of SD Gunner Fund. “These services were greatly needed. We ended up seeing around 165 animals with a value of over $10,000.00 in services. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!”

The vet clinic event provided pets with free wellness exams, vaccines, micro-chipping, heartworm and FeLV/FIV testing, and more to individuals that qualified. “This was an amazing event, and we are honored to help bring this to our local heroes,” said Donna Merkle, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Savannah Kennel Club. “Events like Vets4Heroes are needed in our community to not only promote responsible dog ownership but to also help veterans and first responders who may not otherwise be able to afford basic veterinary services for their beloved pets. We do not want people to have to choose between putting food on the table and taking care of their pets.”

Photo courtesy of the SD Gunner Fund

About SD Gunner Fund

SD Gunner Fund is a 501c3 organization devoted to helping veterans, first responders and exceptional children. The SD Gunner Fund goal is to train and place service dogs to serve and provide independence to our veterans, first responders and exceptional children who suffer from an array of emotional and physical disabilities. In turn, each recipient can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only an animal can bring. To learn more about SD Gunner Fund or to donate, visit their site at or on Facebook at

About Savannah Kennel Club

The Savannah Kennel Club, a non-profit, was established in 1935. Our focus is to improve the human/canine bond, preservation of pure-breed dogs, and promote responsible dog ownership. Throughout the year, Savannah Kennel Club offer community activities such as educational programs, dog sports, support for local animal rescues and shelters, and other activities designed to encourage responsible dog ownership. The community education programs are oriented toward dog familiarization and personal safety with dogs.