Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant making organization, is proud to announce it has awarded a $5,000 grant to Canines for Service. The grant will be used to enable this non-profit organization to continue to enable military prisoners to train rescued dogs for veterans dealing with TBI, PTSD and mobility limitations.
Canines for Service, a non-profit based in Wilmington, N.C., is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained dogs. At Canines for Service, they do more than train service dogs. Since 1996, they have helped people live more independent lives and it’s more than just four paws helping. It’s about quality, integrity, consistency, reliability and sustainability. It’s about the people they serve, the dogs they train, and making the best decisions they can that will impact everyday lives. This is a triple win program using shelter dogs, trained to be service dogs by military prisoners to be provided to wounded and injured veterans.
“We are excited about partnering with the Planet Dog Foundation to work with the Veterans who need our services,” says Rick Hairston, president and CEO of Canines for Service. “Our veterans deserve quality trained service dogs that meet the highest standards and we are thankful that the Planet Dog Foundation recognized this need and is helping us fund the training of service dogs,” adds Hairston.
The Planet Dog Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Planet Dog, the globally recognized designer and developer of innovative, high-quality and award-winning dog products that enhance the lifestyle people share with their canine companions. Planet Dog is proud to donate two percent of all purchases of Planet Dog products to support exemplary canine service programs nationwide. Since 2006, PDF has given away more than 1 million dollars in cash and in-kind product donations.
PDF awarded more than $71,000 in new grants to 16 canine service organizations including Canines for Service.
The PDF grants will help fund service dog, therapy dog and canine search and rescue programs across the country and support a wide variety of non-profit programs that are helping children and adults in need.
The additional new PDF grantees are: CAREing Paws of Georgia; Compassionate Canines of Wisconsin; Fire K9 of California; Gabriel’s Angels of Arizona; Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota; Home for Life of Wisconsin; Intermountain Search Dogs of Washington; Leader Dogs for the Blind of Michigan; Lollypop Farm of New York; Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog; Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams; Our VOICE of North Carolina; Paws Giving Independence of Illinois; Texas Hearing and Service Dogs; and Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K-9 Programs of Oregon.
“There is a great need for funding to support service dogs and the amazing ways they are helping children and adults,” says Kristen Smith, the executive director of the Planet Dog Foundation.
To learn more about PDF and the programs the non-profit supports, visit www.planetdogfoundation.org.