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Planet Dog Foundation celebrates first year, new grantees
PORTLAND, ME/February 26, 2007/Williamsport Sun-Gazette/ -- The Planet Dog Foundation is celebrating an amazing first year with nine new grantees and more than $45,000 donated to canine service programs. Through cash grants, sponsorship, special gifts and in-kind donations, PDF has bolstered 14 nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in need with the aid of highly skilled specialized dogs. An additional $50,000 worth of in-kind product donations provided auction items and prizes for scores of fundraisers at needy non-profits throughout the country, while thousands of shelter dogs received new collars.
"Our first year under the revised mission, to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends, has been a joy," said Kristen Smith, PDF's executive director. "We have made great progress towards our goal to support the people and organizations that enable dogs to give back to people in need," Smith said.
The Planet Dog Foundation has raised awareness of dogs' significant contributions to society and encouraged others to "act" on behalf of these wonderful partners by extending its philanthropy across the country, building relationships with hundreds of people and their best friends. In 2006, PDF awarded cash grants to nine canine programs, thus impacting literally hundreds of people in need. Funding therapy dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs and police dogs, they gratefully celebrate all "working" dogs that are enhancing and saving human lives. One grantee included Susquehanna Service Dogs (www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/): Founded in 1993, SSD specializes in the training and placement of highly specialized service dogs. Each SSD dog helps individuals with spinal cord injuries, polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, stroke and similar disabilities. Some dogs are trained to help people with psychiatric disorders and children with autism. With over 160 individuals and families who volunteer on a regular basis, SSD places approximately 15 service and-or hearing dogs each year.
Planet Dog is a socially responsible and globally recognized designer and developer of innovative, high-quality and award-winning dog products. A percentage of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to PDF to support the grant-making program.
"As a small company doing big things, we are supporting like-minded organizations that will most benefit from our support," said Alex Fisher, Planet Dog's founder and chief creative officer. "From the beginning, we knew we wanted to build a socially responsible company that not only enhanced the lives of dogs and their people, but one that also improved the world around us by giving back," Fisher said. For more information about Planet Dog or the Planet Dog Foundation, visit www.planetdog.com or www.planetdogfoundation.org.
Susquehanna Service Dogs, a program of Keystone Children & Family Services and an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International, trains and provides service dogs and hearing dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities to become more independent. They have placed service dogs in 23 counties in Pennsylvania and several additional states, and have over 160 volunteers. To make a donation or find out more information about Susquehanna Services Dogs, contact:
Pam Foreman, Director
3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110