Mike and Anne Gibbs, owners of the Herndon-based K9 Hero Haven, a nonprofit organization that rescues retired service dogs, rehabilitates them and places them with combat veterans or retired police officers, stopped by the Public Library For Union County in Lewisburg on Saturday in honor of Armed Forces Day.
“So many people don’t know these dogs exist,” Anne Gibbs said. “That’s one of our biggest, important roles: community awareness. We’re letting people know that these dogs are out there and these dogs exist and these dogs work every day whether it’s at airports, or borders, or police dogs or military dogs. They’re protecting our people and working side by side with their handlers.”
The Gibbs have 37 dogs, with at least 12 ready to be adopted. They brought three animals to the library on Saturday: Bear, a 7-year-old German Shepherd who was an explosive detection dog in Iraq; Jan, a 7-year-old brindle Belgium Malinois who was an explosive detection dog in Afganistan; and Mikki, an 11-year-old Belgium Malinois who was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog out of New Jersey.