Beyond her professional ventures, Laflin is committed to and passionate about animal welfare and the nation’s veterans, founding the non-profit Hounds and Heroes. She has traveled abroad on nineteen USO tours, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to boost the morale of service members. A strong advocate for animal welfare, Laflin has multiple PETA, Humane Society, Farm Sanctuary and Sea Shepherd campaigns and an ambassador for many animal charities across the globe. Bonnie-Jill has devoted her life to rescuing dogs and horses across the country, including the 13 dogs and 26 horses either living with her or on her parents’ ranch.
Service to this country runs strong in Laflin’s family. Both of Bonnie-Jill’s grandfathers served in World War II, and one was awarded both a Silver Star and Purple Heart. Her uncle was a Gunnery sergeant and a career Marine, and Laflin’s father was an undercover narcotics officer for thirty-three years with the San Francisco Police Department. Laflin has supported the military her entire life, visiting veterans in the hospital, boosting morale on tours, bringing wounded warriors to sporting events, and speaking on behalf of veterans on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Laflin is an ambassador for Food For The Hungry’s initiative “Striking Out Poverty”, and she travels to the Dominican twice a year to bring life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, educational opportunities, and baseball equipment to the communities of the Dominican Republic. She also sponsors two children in the Dominican Republic.