Planet Dog Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Programs that received Planet Dog Foundation grants use dogs to enrich the lives of humans.

Posted: May 14, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

The Planet Dog Foundation, the nonprofit arm of dog products designer and developer Planet Dog, has announced the recipients of its spring grants. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 have been awarded to six organizations across the United States.

The mission of the Planet Dog Foundation is to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support humans. The spring grant recipients are:

  • The Bellingham, Wash.-based Brigadoon Youth and Service Dog Program, which operates in partnership with a local high school serving at-risk teens and other students with special needs. The $5,000 grant will support the Paws Across Campus Program, which engages the youth of the community to help train dogs to perform tasks for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities.
  • The Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA, which has been awarded a $5,000 grant. The program breeds and provides large breed dogs for people with mobility issues, enabling them to achieve more independence. They primarily train Great Danes for use with people with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke-related impairments.
  • People. Animals. Love. PAL is a pet therapy visitation program that brings people and animals together, brightening the lives of the lonely, easing the pain of the sick, and enriching the lives of at-risk children. Based in the metro-Washington, D.C. area, PAL utilizes 250 teams to visit 16 facilities. Their $5,000 grant will enable them to expand the number of visitation teams across the city.
  • The Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine, has been awarded $1,500 to support their community reading resource for Bath and five surrounding towns. The Paws for Reading Program helps kids from 1st to 4th grade to improve their reading skills by reading aloud in one-on-one sessions with a trained therapy dog.
  • The Southwest Harbor, Maine, Public Library also offers a free reader dog program to community children to strengthen literacy. Their $1,000 grant will assist in growing the program’s library and conducting community outreach.
  • The Greater Austin Crime Commission, which is a foundation that raises money for Austin, Texas, police stations. Their $5,000 grant will fund the “401 K-9” program, which provides first-aid kits, bullet-proof vests, medication, and other necessary equipment for working dogs at the various police stations.

In addition to the newly selected grant recipients, Planet Dog Foundation is renewing support for two 2006 grantees. New York City-based Puppies Behind Bars will receive a $5,000 grant. PBB works with prison inmates to raise guide dogs for the blind and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.

Also receiving a grant renewal is New England K-9 Search & Rescue, which offers free search and rescue services to help locate missing persons in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The organization will receive a $2,000 grant in support of training and development.

“The quantity and quality of grant proposals has increased with every cycle, and these programs rose to the top of an excellent field of applicants. It is clear to us that there is a need for canine service funding, and we are excited to do our part to help fill the void,” Planet Dog Foundation Executive Director Kristen Smith said.

To learn more about the Planet Dog Foundation, and all grant recipients, visit www.planetdogfoundation.org. To learn more about Planet Dog, visit www.planetdog.com.


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