Petland Broadens K9 Support in 2019
Petland and Petland Charities supported more than 200 service dogs across the country in 2019, up more than 48 percent from the previous year.
Petland's national community service outreach includes offering support to local police, sheriff and fire departments as well as support for service dogs for children and military veterans.
The assistance for protective K9 units is most often a feeding program, supplies or fundraising for specific items, such as bite-suits or training gear. Support for veteran service dogs often goes towards the costs associated with raising, training and on-going care.
“These K9 units have a tremendous impact and witnessing the unique bond between the partner and his canine officer is something special," said Elizabeth Kunzelman, director of public affairs. "Providing support for these units across the county is just a small way to show our respect and appreciation."
Petland stores support 96 K9 units across the state of Ohio. Petland in Heath recently held a K9 appreciation event, raising nearly $5,000 for local K9 units. Last year, Petland also supported the launch of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Law Enforcement Program K-9 units.
Additionally, Petland and Petland franchisees sponsor service dogs for Heartland Canines for Veterans, a 501c3 organization that provides companion, service and therapy dogs for disabled veterans. The average cost to raise and train each service dog is $7,200. Petland, Inc. has committed to supporting the cost of one dog per year for five years, in addition to the funds provided by individually-owned and operated stores.
Petland stores across the country were able to raise $25,000 this past May to help more veterans get placed with a service dog.