introduced a new line of charitable, canine-inspired T-shirts that will support the U.S. Navy SEALS, and the military working dogs.
The apparel is inspired by the Aug 6, 2011 Navy SEAL helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The crash was the largest loss of life for the Naval Special Warfare community in history, killing 31 servicemen and one military working dog named Bart. Bart has become the namesake for Project BART, line of t-shirts designed to support the families of the fallen SEALs and raise awareness for SEAL dogs who bravely and loyally serve.
“At Audrey’s Pet Supply, we have a ‘middle table’ that is filled entirely with pet-related products that benefit charitable causes,” said Audrey owner Brittany Bang. “I knew the Project: BART shirts would be a perfect fit for the table and a great way to bring attention to working military dogs. My customers are passionate about animals and really enjoy knowing that everything on that table benefits charity.”
Bang worked with Elaine Sanfilippo of Boston-based AdopTee’s and SEAL community member Ashley Blackiston to develop the shirts, in which 50 percent of the net proceeds from sales will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Blackiston, whose brother is a SEAL dog-trainer and who lost her best friend in the crash, wanted to create an ongoing tribute to SEAL servicemen and dogs, and the important work they do.