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Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Grows Philanthropic Efforts in 2016


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The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing urgent medical care funds to sick and injured dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills by awarding grants of up to $2,500, experienced impactful philanthropic growth in 2016. 

The organization is the nonprofit arm of Camp Bow Wow, a nationwide Doggy Day Care and Boarding franchise. The Foundation raised over $150,000 in 2016, and as a result, provided more than 60 deserving dogs across North America with a new "leash" on life. The brand, which is ranked No. 1 in the 2016 and 2017 pet category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list, worked with all facets of the company including its corporate team, franchisees, clients and community donors in order to reach this charitable milestone.

Hannah Okel of Waukesha, Wis., was one heartwarming 2016 Foundation donor. Her fundraising story is characteristic of the altruistic Camp Bow Wow community. Hannah turned 10 this February—but in lieu of gifts for her double digit milestone, she asked family and friends to make donations to the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation in her name. In total, the generous 10-year-old raised $4,300 to support the Foundation. Donations to the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation often originate from instances like Hannah's, where Camps inspire local community members of all ages to better the lives of furry friends near and far. The Foundation's grant program motivates Camp Bow Wow franchisees and patrons alike to dedicate themselves to raising funds for imperative veterinary care that pet parents or shelters would otherwise not be able to provide.

"Camp Bow Wow established the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation because our organization is committed to quality care for all animals, not just our own Campers" said Erin Askeland, training and communication manager for Camp Bow Wow and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. "Giving back is at the core of the franchise's mission. Our Foundation provides each franchisee the opportunity for direct involvement in charitable animal care, which appeals to the businessperson with benevolence on the brain."

The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation plans to execute creative and engaging fundraising programs on both national and local levels to help care for even more dogs in 2017. Zeke, a 5-year-old labrador and 2016 Foundation grantee, was an unclaimed stray when he was discovered with a torn ACL in the Golden, Colorado area. Without reparative surgery, he was not eligible for adoption through a local shelter. A grant from the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation helped cover the cost of Zeke's procedure, after which he was adopted into his 'fur-ever family' and returned to an even happier, pain-free life. Through the activation and inspiration of fundraising initiatives on behalf of dogs like Zeke, whose medical treatments are essential to their quality of life, Camp Bow Wow intends to maintain its strong momentum and continue securing meaningful results for its Foundation in 2017.

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