Petco Foundation Invests in Patriot PAWS Service Dog’s Life-Changing Work
Training Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans. Grant of $60,000 will extend efforts to help disabled veterans live their best lives
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs of Rockwall, TX, has received a $60,000 grant investment from the Petco Foundation. The grant was awarded to Patriot PAWS to support its mission to train service dogs for disabled veterans.
Patriot PAWS is a nonprofit organization serving disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Since 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed over 120 service dogs to help veterans and other disabled individuals.
The Petco Foundation investment will help Patriot PAWS continue to serve the more than 100 disabled veterans requesting a service dog application each week. Patriot PAWS is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and has placed service dogs with veterans in over 36 states. Patriot PAWS’ training program includes an innovative partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) that teaches prison inmates to help train the service dogs during their incarceration.
“Patriot PAWS is fortunate to have received this generous grant from Petco Foundation,” said Lori Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of Patriot PAWS. “It takes about 2-2 ½ years and costs approximately $34,000 to train one service dog,” Stevens continued. “A grant like this makes it possible for us to continue to serve the almost 100 disabled veterans currently waiting for one of our dogs.”
For more information about Patriot PAWS or the Petco Foundation, visit www.patriotpaws.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Patriot PAWS Service Dogs
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help resotre their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with local, state and national organizations to help develop and support this goal.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
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