ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis-based nonprofit that provides highly skilled service dogs has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Boeing.

The nonprofit, Duo Dogs, will use the money to supports its programs that assist military veterans.

The assistance dog program provides specially trained and certified dogs to veterans with hearing or mobility issues related to disabilities.

The program also places specially trained facility dogs with handlers at specialty courts serving veterans to participate with medical, therapy and legal professionals, according to a press release.

Duo Dogs also has touch therapy dog teams who visit veterans being served by the VA to offer love and comfort.

“This is an amazing gift which will directly and positively impact veterans in the communities we serve,” said Duo Dogs’ executive director, Peggy Musen.

Duo Dogs has been raising and training assistance and facility dogs since 1981.

The dogs require two years of training and are free to clients.

Click here for more information on Duo Dogs.