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Veterans and Pit Bulls Team Up for Unforgettable SDGF Calendar Shoot

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What do you get when you pair scantily-clad veterans with adorable, and adoptable, pit bulls? The makings of a hilarious and unforgettable “dudeoir” 2018 calendar layout for the SD Gunner Fund! Last month, members of the organization, along with several volunteers, all gathered together in an effort to draw attention to the plights of veterans and pit bulls alike.

“Today was about raising awareness on many different platforms,” SDGF founder Britnee Kinard said. “We chose the dudeoir theme because we wanted to make this fun and outside the norm. However, our main focus was to take veterans and pit bulls, who are often misunderstood, and show everyone that they’re not dysfunctional.”

Veterans and Pitbulls Team Up for Unforgettable SDGF Calendar Shoot

Photo Courtesy of SD Gunner Fund

SDGF is a non-profit organization based in Richmond Hill, Georgia. According to a recent press release, one of the goals of the Fund is to pair veterans and children with disabilities with service animals; some of the proceeds garnered from calendar sales will go toward providing five service animals for wounded veterans.

As for the remainder of the funds received, they will be used to cover adoption fees, vet care, and basic obedience training for all of the dogs featured in the calendar. Most of the pit bulls are available for adoption through another organization, Operation Pitbull: Finding Forever Homes. OPFFH is the brain-child of Tammie and Michael Kolb.  According to SDGF, the couple regularly rescues the breed from area shelters with the hope of saving them from euthanization.

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Photo Courtesy of SD Gunner Fund

Kinard said everyone who participated in the calendar shoot had fun for a good cause.

“These pit bulls need homes – good, loving homes. We can’t use them as service dogs for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve a full and loved life,” Kinard said. “When I told the guys what we were doing, they didn’t hesitate or bat an eye. Majority of them said, ‘Whatever it takes to help them … I’m in!’ That is what I loved most about this shoot.”

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