Mark Sonnier

President, General Manager

Mark's background in dog training started back in the mid 80's training hunting dogs as a hobby. While working for corporate companies and training dogs, his hobby and passion for dog training grew into a full time career. In 2007 he opened the doors to Mill Pond Kennels becoming a professional trainer specializing in waterfowl hunting dogs, dog obedience and dog boarding.


   Since Mark expanded his dog training services to help change people's lives. He founded Rescued Abilities Project to enable him to help active duty military, veterans and first responders obtain training for their dogs free of charge. 

"To make a long story short..."

~ Mark Sonnier

Nikki Sonnier

Vice President, Training Director

From K9 sports to Service work, Nikki has the passion and desire to train dogs and support Rescued Abilities Project to grow.

  Her love of dog training comes from a long time German based sport, for K9s, called Schutzhund or IPO.   High Obedience and focus is a must in IPO  K9's.  This high obedience standard in dogs makes training for these qualities in Service Dogs greatly desired.   

 She looks forward to working with you and hearing your story!


~Nikki Sonnier

Meet The Team


Future mom to service dogs and possible hunting companions.   Demonstration dog.


Current demonstration dog, you will see Murphy at most of our current events!


Future mom to our hunting companion program.  Her high drive, willingness to please, and fantastic blood line makes her a top choice.


Current Hunting companion demonstration dog.   Future father to our hunting companion dogs and service dogs.

© 2020 by Rescued Abilities Project Inc

  • Google Places