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Planet Dog Foundation Passes $1 Million in Donations

Posted: July 10, 2013, 6:15 p.m. EDT


The grant-making machine known as the Planet Dog Foundation reported topping $1 million in cash and product donations to canine service programs.

The Portland, Maine, nonprofit organization has awarded 101 cash grants to 65 canine groups in 27 states since its founding in 2006. The amounts ranged from $500 to $10,000.

Planet Dog Foundation awarded 44 cash grants to assistance and service dog groups, 36 to therapy programs and 21 to search and rescue, police, fire and military dog groups.

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Planet Dog Foundation supports everything from therapy dogs to search and rescue dogs to bomb-sniffing dogs.
"There is an overwhelming need for funding to support canine service programs and the amazing ways dogs are helping people in need,” the foundation’s executive director, Kristen Smith, said Tuesday.

The foundation has chipped in emergency funds for search and rescue efforts after disasters and for dog-assisted therapy after tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

"We could not have achieved this incredible milestone without the support of our customers,” said Stephanie Volo, co-CEO of Planet Dog, a dog product manufacturer and the foundation’s parent.

Planet Dog donates 2 percent of its sales to finance the foundation’s grant budget.

Grants also have funded assistance dogs serving wounded military veterans, visitation programs at hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, and canine bulletproof vests.

"We are thrilled to have been able to donate over $1 million in support of over 100 exceptional programs and already have our sights set on the next million,” Smith said.

The milestone will be celebrated at the SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas. A party is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. July 23 at the Planet Dog booth.

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