IPC Event Supports Reuniting Military Working Dogs With Service Members

Brendan Cabey with MWD Ramos. Photo by Capehart Photography

As the sun set over the International Polo Club Palm Beach last month, American Humane hosted a philanthropic cocktail event to honor brave heroes on both ends of the leash.

Military working dogs, who valiantly serve alongside American troops to keep them safe from IEDs and other dangers, are too often retired overseas and are not able to be brought back home to their former handlers.

“American Humane is thrilled to have assembled such an exceptional Wellington audience in support of our efforts to reunite American’s brave military K-9s with their beloved handlers,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO. “After serving our country, many brave military working dogs are tragically left alone overseas, and military handlers often face the heartbreaking reality of parting ways with their K-9 counterparts after forming an incredible bond through service on the battlefield.”

Guests savored delicious hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails poolside at the Jan. 13 event, and enjoyed the contemporary rhythms of world-renowned musician Victor Espinola and his electric Paraguayan harp.

A silent auction featured notable prizes, from a scenic helicopter tour of Palm Beach and the Florida coast, to a two-night stay at Caerula Mar Club, Bahamas, with private jet transportation by Verijet.

Proceeds will assist in bringing military working dogs (MWDs) back home to be reunited with their handlers. Additionally, the money will provide free, specialty and preventative medical care for retired MWDs.

For more information, visit www.americanhumane.org.