Posted: July 25, 2012, 5:50 p.m. EDT
The Planet Dog Foundation of Portland, Maine, today chose eight canine service organizations to divvy up $25,000 in grants.
The grant recipients and the amounts they will receive are:
• Freedom Service Dogs of Englewood, Colo.: $7,500
• Charlottesville’s Service Dogs of Virginia: $5,000
• Susquehanna Service Dogs of Harrisburg, Pa.: $4,000
• Austin Dog Alliance of Austin, Texas: $3,500
• New Jersey Search and Rescue of Mahwah, N.J.: $2,700
• Central Lakes Search and Rescue of Garfield, Minn.: $1,000
• Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K-9 Unit of Keeseville, N.Y.: $800
• Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters of Norfolk, Va.: $500
The Planet Dog Foundation funds assistance dog, therapy dog and canine search and rescue programs across the United States and supports nonprofit programs
that help children and adults, including those with physical and developmental disabilities, injured service members and natural disaster survivors.
Two percent of all purchases of dog products from Planet Dog are given to the foundation for its philanthropic efforts. Since 2006, the foundation has contributed more than $875,000 in cash and product donations to canine service programs.
"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, the foundation’s executive director.
"We received high-caliber proposals from over 100 organizations,” she added, “and although we cannot fund all of them, we are proud to be able to donate $25,000 in support of eight exceptional programs.”<HOME>
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