A non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans will be able to do a lot more after winning a contest.
Stiggy's Dogs in Howell was given a check for $100,000 from the Home Depot Foundation Friday. It was part of the "Aprons in Action" contest, an online voting competition between several non-profit organizations.
Stiggy's Dogs rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs and then places them with veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
The director is beyond thrilled with the generous gift.
"We have a big waiting list here, so this is going to help us pair more veterans with dogs", says director Jennifer Petre. "We're also looking into putting a training center on the property. It's a labor of love and it's been an incredible journey."
Stiggy's Dogs was created in honor of Petre's nephew, HM3 Benjamin Phillip (“Doc Stiggy”) Castiglione, who died in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving in the Marines.
So far, 27 veterans have been placed with service dogs. Seven more dogs are being trained right now.