Press Release

THE PLANET DOG FOUNDATION (PDF) AWARDS OVER $60,000 IN NEW GRANTS TO TEN CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristen Smith (207)761.1515 ext. 101
pdmedia@planetdog.com

Portland, ME (June 6, 2014) – The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit grant making organization, is proud to announce the recipients of over $60,000 in new grants awarded to ten canine service organizations. The PDF grants will help fund service dog, therapy dog, police dog, and K-9 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 new PDF grantees are: Bideawee Pet Therapy & Reading to Dogs Program of New York City; Brigadoon Service Dogs of Washington; Can Do Canines of Minnesota; Canine Partners of the Rockies in Colorado; DELMARVA Search and Rescue Group, Inc. of Maryland; Educated Canines Assisting with Disability (ECAD) of Connecticut; North Berwick Police Department K-9 Program of Maine; OccuPaws Guide Dog Association of Wisconsin; Paws 4 Autism of Missouri; and Pet Partners of Washington.

Bidawee Pet Therapy & Reading to Dogs Program uses volunteers and their dogs to perform community service at various health care, nursing and educational facilities in New York City and Long Island. The $7,500 grant will cover the cost of training and managing new pet therapy teams.

Brigadoon Service Dogs is a non-profit that works with a Prison Program model to raise and train service dogs for people with disabilities. They will put the $7,500 grant toward a program which places professionally trained service dogs with returning soldiers to assist with physical injury and mental disability as a result of military action.

Can Do Canines provides individuals with disabilities highly trained assistance dogs free of charge. The $7,500 grant will fund the training of puppies to become certified assistance dogs and certification for 46 assistance dogs in 2014.This is the fourth PDF grant they have received for a total of $30,000 to support their programs.

Canine Partners of the Rockies enhances the lives of disabled Colorado residents through the development and placement of assistance dogs. A $7,500 grant will enable standardizing their training methodologies, allowing for double the number of dogs placed per year.

DELMARVA Search and Rescue Group, Inc. is a professionally trained search and rescue team composed of thirty volunteers with ground, canine and equine search and rescue management expertise. The $4,260 grant will provide training for 7-10 of their dogs in advanced air-scenting capabilities.

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) provides individuals with greater independence and mobility through the use of specially trained dogs. A $7,500 grant will help fund a pilot project to utilize modern technology (i.e. iPads or other tablets) to assist those with impaired verbal abilities to communicate commands to dogs using their tablet.

North Berwick Police Department K-9 Program utilizes a dual purpose (patrol and narcotic) trained team to assist the police department with investigations throughout York County, Maine. The $1,750 grant will provide further training for the current dog and the replacement dog, who is now preparing to take over after the current dog’s 2015 retirement.

OccuPaws Guide Dog Association places guide dogs with Wisconsin residents who are visually impaired at no cost to the individual. It will use the $2,000 grant to provide for the training of their dogs and increase of supplies for the prison training program.

Paws 4 Autism is a volunteer group that utilizes specially trained dogs to help children with autism and their families. A $7,500 grant will help fund the provision of social and communication skills training for children and adolescents with autism.

Pet Partners is a Therapy Animal Program that qualifies and equips volunteers and their pets to bring comfort and healing to people with a variety of needs in diverse settings. They will use the $7,500 grant to train 15-20 evaluators throughout the country to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards for handlers and animals.

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 2% of every purchase of Planet Dog products anywhere to PDF to provide cash and in-kind product donations to exemplary canine service programs nationwide. To date, PDF has donated more than $1 million dollars to canine service and philanthropic organizations. To learn more about PDF and the programs the Foundation has supported, visit www.planetdogfoundation.org

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