Published On: August 5, 2022674 words3.4 min read

Girls on the Run, Savannah Kennel Club, and SD Gunner Fund are hosting a free empowering, victims’ rights event called Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend on Friday, August 26th, 2022, at Victory North in Savannah, GA from 6:00-9:00PM.

This multi-level event, emceed by Renee LaSalle, will include outdoor activities for children; live music, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction, and cash bar on the first level; community resources such as Girls on the Run, Mary’s Place, Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program, SD Gunner Fund and more on the second level; and on-site crisis counseling on the third level.

The evening will culminate with Ms. Veteran America and sexual assault survivor, Elizabeth Luras, being presented with a Shiloh Shephard puppy that will be specially trained as her service dog.  Luras suffered military sexual trauma as a young soldier. She has overcome the challenges of the past to help others today, advocating for MST (military sexual trauma) veterans. She can relate to the hardships and unique challenges MST veterans face.  Luras competed in Ms. Veteran America, which raises money for homeless female veterans and their children, and she also received the Ms. Resilience award for her extensive work with veterans.

Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend will be a meaningful evening as people of all ages are welcome to join and help break the cycle of abuse by showing young women the power they possess inside.  

Free Tickets are available at

If you are interested, there is still time to donate an item/experience to the silent auction or to become a sponsor. Please contact Donna Merkle at 703-969-9990 or for additional information.

All monies raised will benefit the host organizations while providing resources and awareness for all participating organizations.  The Savannah Kennel Club will donate its funds to the AKC Humane Fund. The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. Their grants make it easier for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse.

About The Savannah Kennel Club

The Savannah Kennel Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was established in 1935. Our focus is to improve the human/canine bond and promote responsible dog ownership. Throughout the year, we offer community activities such as educational programs, preservation of pure-breeds, dog sports, support for local animal rescues and shelters, and other activities designed to encourage responsible dog ownership. 

About SD Gunner Fund

SD Gunner Fund, a registered 501(c)3 organization, has a mission to assist veterans, children living with disabilities, and first responders while inspiring disability awareness through public education and advocacy. They are best known for their Service Dog training and recipient matching program. For more information, please visit our website at or call 615-804-3533.

About Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry

Founded in 2011, Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry has been dedicated to making an impact on girls lives in our community.  Today’s girls are exposed to longstanding gender stereotypes, societal obstacles and cultural challenges that can be detrimental to their emotional and physical health. Our programs are about so much more than running – they make an impact at a critical age when confidence and physical activity decline.  To learn more, visit

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