The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit grant making organization, has reached its $1 million milestone. Since 2006, PDF has awarded over $1 million in cash grants and product donations to canine service organizations across the country that are helping dogs help people.
"We could not have achieved this incredible milestone without the support of our customers," says Stephanie Volo, Planet Dog's co-CEO and partner. "Without their loyal business and support, there is nothing to give. On behalf of the hundreds of organizations we have supported and the thousands of people they have helped, we thank them with a million wags and a million sloppy kisses."
Jeff Stein, Rod Haneline and June the dog of Leader Dogs for the Blind celebrate the Planet Dog Foundation's $7,000 grant with Planet Dog's Kristen Smith and Dan Cojanu of The Canine Advocacy Program at Backer's Total Pet Expo.
The company celebrated the milestone at Backer's Total Pet Expo last week, and also presented a $7,000 grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind.
PDF has awarded 101 grants to 65 non-profit organizations in 27 states ranging from $500 to $10,000. The grants have been used to help Assistance and Service Dog organizations (44 grants), Therapy Dogs and Animal Assisted Therapy Dog Programs (36 grants) and K9 Search and Rescue, Police, Fire and Military Dog programs (21 grants).
"There is an overwhelming need for funding to support canine service programs and the amazing ways dogs are helping people in need," says Kristen Smith, the executive director of the Planet Dog Foundation. "We are thrilled to have been able to donate over $1 million in support of over 100 exceptional programs and already have our sights set on the next million. We will continue to romp the romp and provide PDF with resources to keep having a real impact on the working dog community."