Nearly four months ago, the Washington Capitals in partnership with America’s VetDogs welcomed Captain, the “team dog” and service dog in training. Players, staff, and fans have fallen in love with the Labrador Retriever. On Thursday, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and America’s VetDogs will announce a second service dog in training named “Scout” to the Capitals family.
It was teased in mid-December that the organization would be sponsoring another Caps Pup in the new year. Monumental Sports & Entertainment are working in tandem with America’s VetDogs to raise a puppy as a future service dog for a veteran or first responder with disabilities.
A full photo of Scout will not be released until his official debut on Thursday.
In a press release, MSE Chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis, and his wife Lynn, were “inspired by Captain’s journey” to the nation’s capital. “As a result, the two committed to donate $50,000 to sponsor the cost of raising a second dog through America’s VetDogs.”
Like Captain, Scout will most likely undergo basic training with the Capitals before going back to the non-profit organization in Smithtown, New York, for a few months of final preparations before graduating. Scout would be matched at no cost with a veteran or first responder with disabilities to provide companionship, enhanced mobility, and renewed independence.
By Della Young