Press Release

THE PLANET DOG FOUNDATION (PDF) AWARDS OVER $71,000 IN NEW GRANTS TO SIXTEEN CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

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

Portland, ME (May 21 , 2013) - The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit grant making organization, is proud to announce the recipients of over $71,000 in new grants it has awarded to sixteen canine service organizations. 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 new PDF grantees are: Can Do Canines of Minnesota; CAREing Paws of Georgia; Carolina Canines for Service; Compassionate Canines, Inc. of Wisconsin; Fire K9 of California; Gabriel’s Angels of Arizona; 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.

Can Do Canines, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained Autism, Diabetes, Hearing, Mobility and Seizure Assist Dogs, will use the $7,500 grant to expand their program and increase the number of Diabetes Assist Dogs. This is the third PDF grant they have received for a total of $22,500 to support their programs.

CAREing Paws of Georgia, a local group of registered therapy dog teams that conduct visits in places such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and schools, will use the $1,500 PDF grant to support a new literacy/reading program.

Carolina Canines for Service, a non-profit dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained dogs, will use the $5,000 PDF grant to enable military prisoners to train rescued dogs for veterans dealing with TBI, PTSD and mobility limitations. http://www.caninesforservice.org.

Compassionate Canines, a therapy dog program dedicated to providing comfort, support and animal companionship to people of all ages in a variety of settings, will use the $3,000 PDF grant to help fund a state-wide therapy dog conference for volunteer therapy dog teams.

FireK9.org, a non-profit public benefit California corporation that supports and promotes the use of professional independent canine accelerant detection teams on an international level, will use the $7,500 PDF grant to offer accelerant detection dog certification training.

Gabriel’s Angels, a non-profit that delivers healing pet therapy to at-risk children, will use the $5,000 PDF grant to continue to nurture their emotional development and enhance their quality of life. This is the fourth PDF grant they have received for a total of $16,000 to support their programs.

Home for Life, a no-kill animal sanctuary, will use the $5,000 PDF grant to support their therapy dog program which utilizes adjudicated youth to train rescued dogs. This is the second PDF grant they have received for a total of $10,000 to support their programs.

Intermountain Search Dogs, a non-profit search and rescue organization, will use the $3,500 PDF grant to offer cadaver certification training for search and rescue volunteer teams.

Leader Dogs for the Blind, a non-profit that provides free guide dogs, GPS and O&M programs for the blind and visually impaired, will use the $7,000 PDF grant to support their Court Canine Advocates Program in which dogs assist children and other victims in court testimony.

Lollypop Farm, an animal shelter and sanctuary, will use the $5,000 PDF grant to support their Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) program that provides comfort, motivation, inspiration, compassion, affection and joy to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, a non-profit organization that supports Massachusetts Police dogs by providing bulletproof vests, essential equipment, training and the purchase of dogs for police/law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts, will use the $7,000 grant to help fund a conference on tactical woodland training and K9 first aid.

The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc. , a non-profit made up of dedicated, trained, unpaid professional search teams and individuals located throughout the State of Ohio, will use the $2,000 PDF grant to help fund statewide training for search dog teams.

Our VOICE, Inc., a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, will use the $750 PDF grant to help establish a new therapy dog program to assist victims of rape and sexual assault.

Paws Giving Independence, a non-profit that provides highly-trained service and companion dogs for children and adults with disabilities, will use the $3,000 PDF grant to enable their all-volunteer program to continue to train rescue dogs to become service dogs.

Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, Inc., a non-profit that trains dogs to assist Texans living with hearing or mobility challenges, will use the $7,500 PDF grant to rescue more dogs and train them as service dogs. This is the third PDF grant they have received for a total of $25,000 to support their programs.

Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a non-profit that provides support to recognized police canine programs, will use the $1,200 PDF grant to help fund certification training for Police K9 programs.

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 all purchases of Planet Dog products to PDF to provide cash and in-kind product donations to exemplary canine service programs nationwide.

"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. "We received high caliber proposals from an overwhelming number of organizations and although we cannot fund all of them, we are proud to be able to donate over $70,000 in support of sixteen exceptional programs across the counry," adds Smith. To learn more about PDF and the programs the non-profit supports, visit www.planetdogfoundation.org.

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