Dogtopia Foundation Makes a Difference in the Lives of Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, Dogtopia raised more than $140,000 to support the training of 12 service dogs for America’s VetDogs, an organization dedicated to providing renewed independence and enhanced mobility to veterans and active-duty military members.
The Dogtopia franchise challenged each individual Dogtopia daycare center to make a difference in the lives of veterans through the Dogtopia Foundation, a company-wide program that helps dogs to positively change the world. The Dogtopia Foundation established a store-wide initiative to raise funds for America’s VetDogs.
With the funds raised through the Dogtopia Foundation, these 12 dogs-in-training will help veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities, physical injuries, PTSD, hearing and vision loss and seizures.
“The Dogtopia Foundation’s mission is to harness the power of philanthropy for the greater good and to enable dogs to positively change our world,” said Jeri Kendle, foundation manager of the Dogtopia Foundation. “We are honored to have the opportunity to come together to support America’s VetDogs and give back to the service men and women who have given so much for our country.”
The Dogtopia Foundation challenged each center to raise funds to support a service dog. Dogtopia of South Coast, Calif. and Dogtopia of Tysons Corner, Va. were able to raise more than $27,000 combined, enough to sponsor four service dogs. Other notable participants include Steve Torres of the Tampa, Fla. area, as well as Dogtopia of Houston and Waco, Texas; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Chester Springs, Pa.; and Omaha, Neb.
“America’s VetDogs commends the Dogtopia Foundation’s outstanding efforts in raising more than $140,000 to place 12 service dogs with deserving veterans and first responders with disabilities,” said America’s VetDogs CEO John Miller. “Dedicated and committed donors like Dogtopia enable us to further our mission to allow our nation’s heroes to live a life without boundaries.”
The Dogtopia Foundation enables dogs to positively change the world through funding programs focused around service dogs for veterans and first responders, youth literacy programs and employment initiatives for adults with autism. In 2019, the Dogtopia Foundation will offer grants to non-profit organizations committed to providing service dogs to veterans and will continue to work toward every U.S. Dogtopia daycare center sponsoring a service dog.