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Caesar (now Aries) will soon graduate from the K9s for Warriors Program in Florida. This is Aries last year surrounded by Burke County Animal Services staff Alicia Grindstaff, Kaitlin Settlemyre and Lindsay Stump.

It hasn’t been that long ago that he was homeless and looking for anyone who would give him a warm place to lay his head and good food.He has since found that and more. He soon will have a job.

Burke County Animal Services’ first Pet of the Month, Caesar, now goes by the name Aries and is about to graduate from the K9 for Warriors program in Ponte Vedra, Florida, said Kaitlin Settlemyre, director of animal services. K9 for Warriors is a nonprofit service-dog organization that provides service dogs to military members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11, according to its website.

Aries is expected to graduate from the program at 5 p.m. Feb. 20, Settlemyre said. The graduation will be livestreamed on Facebook and Burke County Animal Services plans to stream it as well.

Caesar (Aries) was Animal Services’ Pet of the Month in September. Animal services took over running the county animal shelter in August.

Not long after he was introduced at the September county commissioners meeting, Aries (Caesar) passed initial testing and was on his way to Florida for training in the K9 for Warriors program.

Settlemyre said at the time that Aries (Caesar) gets along with other dogs, is affectionate toward people, has good manners and is a quiet dog.

Burke County Animal Services’ Facebook page is www.facebook.com/burkecountyanimalservices.

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