(FOX 9) - The Minnesota Wild has adopted a new dog as part of their Adopt-A-Dog Program, the team announced Tuesday.
The team adopted Celly, a five-month-old Shepherd/Catahoula/Labrador mix rescue dog from Coco's Heart Dog Rescue, on a one-year training contract.
According to a release, Celly will be raised to become a future service dog. This marks the third time the Wild has adopted a dog from Coco's Heart Dog Rescue.
Breezer, a Labrador Retriever, was the first team dog adopted during the 2019-20 season and Hobey, a Golden Retriever, was adopted for the 2020-21 season.
After their year-long training with the Wild organization, the dogs are then trained with Soldier's 6, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Minnesota that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9s.
Following his tenure with the Wild, Celly will pursue a career training with Soldier's 6. After his training, Celly will be permanently placed with a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a "Battle Buddy."
Fans can follow Celly's journey with the Wild on Instagram and Twitter and at wild.com/Celly.