Planet Dog Foundation Awards $25,000 in Grants
The Planet Dog Foundation, the charitable arm of Portland, Maine-based dog product manufacturer Planet Dog, has awarded $25,000 in grants to five canine service organizations as part of its spring grant cycle.
Grant recipients include Texas Hearing and Service Dogs of Dripping Springs, Texas, Thirteen/WHNET TV New York of New York City, Paws & Think Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., Therapy Dogs Inc. of Cheyenne, Wy., and HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response of Eugene, Ore. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500.
“There is a great need for funding to support service dogs and the amazing ways they are helping children and adults across the country,” said Kristen Smith, executive director of the Planet Dog Foundation. “We received high-caliber proposals from 85 organizations, and although we cannot fund all of them, we are proud to be able to donate $25,000 in support of five exceptional programs.”
The awarded grants are as follows:
- $7,500 to Texas Hearing and Service Dogs: www.servicedogs.org
The organization trains shelter dogs to become hearing and service dogs for Texans living with hearing impairments or mobility challenges. The grant will fund the Honor Dogs Program, a prison inmate program that places dogs with minimum female offenders. The foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the organization in 2008.
- $7,500 to Thirteen/WNET TV New York’s Martha Speaks at the Library: www.pbskids.org/martha
The program is a collaborative between the New York Public Library System and channel 13 WNET, the PBS affiliate in New York City, that aims to improve the literacy skills of children through use of therapy animals. The grant will fund the program’s expansion to six new cities across the United States. The Planet Dog Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to help establish the program in 2008.
- $4,000 to Paws & Think Inc.: www.pawsandthink.org
Paws & Think serves at-risk youths and at-risk canines as well as children and adults with disabilities in Indiana. The grant will fund the At-Risk Youth-Canine Program, which pairs at-risk young adults with stray, surrendered or neglected dogs.
- $3,500 to Therapy Dogs Inc.: www.therapydogs.com
Therapy Dogs provides registration, support and insurance for those involved in volunteer animal-assisted activities. The grant will help fund tester/observer training seminars in eight cities, equipping 200 trainers who would potentially train, evaluate and certify about 6,000 new therapy dog teams nationwide.
- $2,500 to HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response: www.hopeaacr.org
HOPE AACR is a national response organization with specially trained and certified handler/canine teams. The grant will support the efforts of the HOPE AACR teams assisting people in stressful and unpredictable environments.
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