Planet Dog Ball Benefits Therapy Dog Program



The Planet Dog Foundation’s Second Annual Planet Dog Ball raised nearly $100,000 to benefit the Hoyt Therapy Dog Program. This local hospital program connects trained therapy dogs and their handlers to patients, staff and families at Maine Medical Center (MMC) and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH). The event took place in April at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine.


More than 170 patrons, 40 canine companions and 21 sponsors came out for a night of food and fun in order to raise awareness of service dogs, and alleviate the financial burden associated with operating and maintaining the program. The proceeds raised will directly support the day-to-day cost of the Hoyt Therapy Dog Program for at least two years, thus ensuring that patients and families will continue to benefit from this program.


“The difference the Hoyt Therapy Program makes in the lives of hospital patients on a daily basis at MMC and BBCH is something we all want to support,” said Colleen McCracken, CEO of Planet Dog. “We are humbled and blessed to live in a community like Portland that is so generous and supportive of the Planet Dog Foundation and our beneficiaries.”


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