ZippyPaws Reveals New Charity Toy
Drake the Dragon is the newest plush to join ZippyPaws’ Zippy Charity line, created to help provide support for the health and well-being of children with disabilities.
The non-profit organization that has been chosen to represent Drake the Dragon is Paws With A Cause, receiving $1 from every purchase. Its mission is to increase independence and quality of life for people living with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs. It also aims to increase awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy. The proceeds from these sales will go towards Paws With A Cause’s Service Dogs for Children With Autism program. This program trains dogs to act as facilitators in order to minimize triggers and improve social interactions. A service dog can also benefit an autistic child by improving motor skills, expanding verbal and nonverbal communications, teaching life skills, increasing interest in activities, and decreasing stress within the family.
“Our non-profit organization is proud of the work we do and the lives we enhance on a regular basis,” said Catherine Rogg, development director of Paws With A Cause. “We are excited to be a part of the Zippy Charity program with the sale of Drake the Dragon. We are grateful to ZippyPaws for seeing the impact of our work and supporting us in our mission.”
Every toy in the Zippy Charity line is uniquely designed to represent each non-profit organization. Drake the Dragon was made out of ultra-soft plush to provide a sense of comfort and companionship. This toy is created in soft shades of blue and orange. These colors, along with a multi-colored embroidered puzzle piece, are features that symbolize autism awareness.
Every charity that is considered to be a part of the Zippy Charity line goes through an extensive, selective review process. While selecting a charity, ZippyPaws wants to make sure that the donated funds will have the most positive impact on dogs and people in need.
“Once we have chosen the best fitting charity, we spend hours doing research to get a better understanding of their cause,” says Jen Cao, vice president and co-founder of ZippyPaws. “Instead of simply donating money, we create a custom toy because we want to be involved in the process while establishing a mutually beneficial relationship.”