Charity Dog Wash to Benefit Veterans and Assistance Dogs

Dog wash event helps pair veterans and individuals with disabilities with assistance dogs.

By | Posted: June 16, 2014, 3 p.m. PST

Kevin Stone. Photo courtesy Paws with a CauseOn Sunday, June 22, Dogtopia will hold its 10th annual dog wash event at 29  Dogtopia locations in partnership with Paws With A Cause, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to veterans and people with disabilities.

"We are so pleased to be partnering with Paws With A Cause and helping to further the access veterans have to the dogs that are so impactful to their lives,” says Amy Nichols, CEO of Dogtopia. "Our entire company looks forward to this event, and we are proud of the work we have done to benefit veterans and assistance dogs. We look forward to marking the 10th anniversary in a big way with a great partner.”

A donation of $15 per dog wash is recommended. Along with the dog wash, this event will feature food, pet-friendly vendors, and fun for the whole family. Dogtopia would like to reach their goal of $35,000 to help veterans and their assistance dogs around the United States.

"At Paws With A Cause, we feel it is more important than ever to find great partners like Dogtopia in supporting our cause,” says Michael Sapp Sr., CEO and Co-founder of Paws With A Cause. "As a non-profit, we rely on donations to help fund the programs we feel so passionate about. Paws With A Cause is proud to have some of the nation's finest veterans as assistance dog clients. Our men and women in uniform make us proud every day, and we truly thank them all for their service and sacrifice. We have a wonderful system of dogs and trainers and are always thrilled when we are able to match our dogs with veterans and see the impact it has on their families’ quality of life.”

Kevin Stone was a U.S. Army Ranger and a member of the 7th Infantry’s Light Fighter program. While on duty, Stone was injured when his Jeep veered off a cliff while he was still inside. The crash caused Stone’s neck to be broken, along with a frayed spinal cord.

The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Stone was able to get Jonah, a Paws With A Cause Service Dog. Jonah couldn’t get a breed or picture accompanied Stone while he tried for a spot on the USA Archery team. Stone was able to make the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams for archery. Jonah was right by Stone’s side throughout his training for the Olympic Games in Athens.

Paws With A Cause has helped numerous other veterans by giving them a companion for life. Visit PawsWithaCause.org to learn more. 

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