Planet Dog Welcomes America’s Vet Dogs at Global Pet Expo
America’s VetDogs service dog program graduate Navy Corpsman Joseph Worley and his service dog Benjamin will be joining Planet Dog to share their experiences and the life-changing programs America’s VetDogs offers to save and improve lives of veterans.
Worley was a medic attached to a Marine unit in Fallujah, Iraq, when in 2004, his medical convoy was heading back to base and hit an IED. Wounded, Worley also was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and shot six times. He lost his left leg above the knee and suffered severe damage to his right leg and ankle. He now wears a prosthetic leg to walk and also spends time in a wheelchair. His service dog Benjamin is trained to help him with balance and stability when he is walking and for retrieval when he is in his wheelchair. Since teaming with Benjamin, Joe has become one of America’s VetDog’s program ambassadors. He has done frequent speaking engagements with the History Channel and at live events.
“America’s VetDogs is a previous Planet Dog Foundation grantee,” said Amanda O’Brien, director of mrketing at Planet Dog. “We have been lucky to work with them more this year and honored to have Joe and Benjamin with us for this event at Global. America’s VetDogs is a true inspiration and we are proud to be able to support their good work with a Planet Dog Foundation grant. We wanted to take some time at Global Pet Expo to show some of the moving work being done by some of the Planet Dog Foundation grantees.”
The Planet Dog Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Planet Dog, is a grant-making organization striving to make maximum impact through grants, product donations, capacity building and referral services. The mission of the Planet Dog Foundation is to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends.
America’s VetDogs trains and places guide, hearing, post-traumatic stress disorder and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. The not-for-profit organization wasbfounded by the Guide Dog Foundation and relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, service clubs and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.