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Planet Dog Foundation donates $4,520 grant to Little Rock based association
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WESTBROOK, Maine (PDF)The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant-making organization, has given a $4,520 grant to the American Scent Dog Association, a non-profit canine service organization based in Little Rock, AR. The grant is one of eleven new grants that PDF has awarded this month to canine service organizations in ten states.

The PDF grant to the American Scent Dog Association (ASDA) will meet two needs. The first piece of the grant will cover the educational costs associated with having their 15 member team SARTECH II certified by the National Association of Search and Rescue. Topics for certification include survival and support, search and rescue. The second piece of this grant will fund canine participation in two cancer research studies being conducted at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Their efforts have successfully transitioned the dogs’ alert capabilities to cancer detection and have clearly demonstrated their ability to discriminate between cancerous and healthy body fluids.

“We’re so grateful for the recognition and support of the Planet Dog Foundation,” said Donna Waugh, President of the American Scent Dog Association. “With Arkansas being so rural, the SARTECH II training is very important. The certification will ensure our handlers are well equipped to lead safe search and rescue operations in the wilderness. And the support of our canine use in cancer detection studies will have unimaginable reach, as our work has the potential to touch, and improve, millions of lives.”

Planet Dog, the pet industry’s socially responsible leader, is on their way to achieving another million dollar milestone. Earlier this year, PDF announced it had given over $1 million dollars since 2006 to help dogs help people in need. Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every purchase of its award-winning products to PDF.

“We are thrilled to announce new grants to eleven exemplary canine service programs in ten states across the country,” says Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF). “Establishing these new partnerships is a great way for us to embark on our next million dollars of giving and we look forward to learning more about our new grantees and seeing the grants in action,” adds Smith.

The new grantees may be from Arkansas, Baltimore, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas, but the reach of their programs goes well beyond their borders. In addition to the American Scent Dog Association, the PDF grants will support Service Dog, Therapy Dog and other canine service programs from the following canine service organizations: A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. (New York, NY); America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, Inc. (Smithtown, NY); Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Whiting, NJ); Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) (Detroit, MI); Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. (Bloomfield, CT); HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (Eugene, OR); MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, MD); New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. (Orange City, FL); Paws for People – Pet-Assisted Visitation Services, Inc. (Newark, DE) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (Dallas, TX).

The mission of the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) is to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends. PDF is funded primarily by Planet Dog’s contribution of 2% of every sale to the Foundation’s grantmaking fund. Planet Dog’s contributions are augmented through private donations and the proceeds from local fundraising events as well as the Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball, a best seller that donates 100% of its sales to PDF.

"There is an overwhelming need for funding to support canine service programs and the amazing ways dogs are helping people in need," says Smith. "We are thrilled to have donated over $1,000,000 in support of over 100 exceptional programs and are proud to continue to romp the romp and provide PDF with resources to keep having a real impact on the working dog community,” adds Smith.

(SourcE: Planet Dog Foundation)

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