Prince William News
Thu., Jul. 28 - Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is currently looking for a new place to call home.
Wed., Jul. 27 - The rust and dust should disappear from the grandstand at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium before the Potomac Nationals take the field next season.
Wed., Jul. 27 - The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved an amendment to the historic Thomasson Barn’s sales agreement with Silva Holdings, LLC on July 12 and agreed to give them more than $1 million to install utilities and a road.
Wed., Jul. 27 - The final suspect wanted for the March 18 murder of Javiel Rosado Santiago has been arrested.
Wed., Jul. 27 - Eduardo Tremols, 52, of Gainesville, died after the car he was in crashed into the garage in Gainesville on July 25.
Wed., Jul. 27 - Haymarket asked to rezone 20-acre site on Route 55.
Wed., Jul. 27 - Children's gaming craze from the 1990s resurges in 2016.
Wed., Jul. 27 - Bristow man faces malpractice charges.
Wed., Jul. 27 - Arson suspected at Caliber Collision fire Arson is suspected at the Caliber Collision fire in Gainesville on July 20. Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue units arrived at a fire at the auto repair facility, located on Progress Court in Gainesville, at 4:45 a.m. on July 20. Upon arrival, firefighters detected a possible odor of a flammable liquid and observed four vehicles, two dumpsters and an area of brush on fire. They quickly extinguished the fire. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that multiple vehicles had damage to their fuel tanks. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary property damage is estimated at $100,000. The incident is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office assisted by the Prince William County Police Department. The incident is being investigated as an arson crime. The Stafford County Fire Marshal’s Office assisted with an Arson K9 Unit.
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Semper K9 Assistance Dogs looking for a new home
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Earlier this month the local nonprofit learned that their lease would not be renewed at the 54-acre farm and farmhouse where the family resides and has worked for more than 12 months.
“This is heartbreaking news,” said Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Executive Director Christopher Baity. “Not only is this going to be a hardship for the veteran families we serve, this is also creating problems for my family.”
Semper K9's mission is to enhance the quality of life for disabled veterans and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs, they provide service dogs for psychiatric alerts and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.
“When we were approached by the owners to rent the farm as our facility and home, we were in agreement that this would not be a short-term rental. We were looking for something that would be at least five years…a place that our young nonprofit could grow,” the Semper K9 founder said.
Volunteers have put in hundreds of hours into creating a safe and relaxing environment to train service dogs and for the veterans they serve to enjoy. Numerous projects were completed during their time at the farm, including installation of picnic tables made by local veterans, a large vegetable garden, beehives, and chicken coop.
“I have personally invested over a hundred hours into this property,” said Bo Londagin, Army combat veteran and Semper K9 supporter. “This is upsetting because not only do I support what Semper K9 is accomplishing here, the farm was a place my family could come enjoy while teaching my children about giving back.”
An ideal facility for Semper K9 is a farm-like setting that has a home for their family of six as well as their service dogs in training. They would like to stay in Prince William County since it works well because of the proximity to Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Belvoir.
Semper K9 has 10 service dogs in their program, three of which will be graduating on Aug.4 at a ceremony at the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department on Hillendale Road.
“We really would like to find a place where the owners are proud to have us and want to be a part of our success,” Baity said.
"If you have any leads on places that Semper K9 can relocate to, you can send them to email@example.com. Semper K9 has set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist with their moving expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/campsemperk9," said Baity.