On Veterans Day, as we honor those who serve our country, we’re also giving a paws up to Dog is Good, a dog lifestyle company that creates and markets gifts and apparel for dog lovers, for partnering with Freedom Service Dogs of America to support wounded warriors with a pawtastic project that kicks off today. Dog is Good for Patriots is a year-long fundraising and awareness program showcasing how rescue dogs can be saved and trained to be in service for our military veterans.
The Dog is Good (DIG) for Patriots Project was developed to raise awareness of the important work dogs do for military veterans and others with disabilities. Created in partnership with Freedom Service Dogs, whose mission is to rescue dogs from shelters to train them for service, the Project fits with the Dog is Good commitment to be socially responsible and philanthropic. Dog is Good has developed a reputation for giving generously to animal welfare organizations throughout the United States.
Leveraging social media and retail relationships throughout the country, The DIG for Patriots Project will publicly inform and showcase what is perhaps the ultimate connection between dogs and humans – providing “freedom”. The Project will last one year, from Veterans Day of 2014 to Veterans Day of 2015. Over the course of the year the Project will also afford an opportunity to recognize many other ways in which dogs positively impact human lives.
Lending a paw in promoting DIG for Patriots is well-known Freedom Service Dog, Gander. Rescued from a shelter in Pueblo, Colorado where his human was born, Gander was trained in a women’s prison at Canon City, Colorado. He was later selected for training by Freedom Service Dogs and paroled to his “battle buddy, “ Lon Hodge. He now travels the country with Lon who has PTSD and autoimmune mobility issues. They advocate for veteran suicide prevention and service dog awareness.
Sharan Wilson, Executive Director of Freedom Service Dogs of America feels “grateful to be selected as this year’s Dog is Good for Patriots Project benefactor. We strive to train and pair as many clients with service dogs as possible. The support of Dog is Good will enable us to pair that many more military veterans on our wait list with their service dog this year. “
According to Jon Kurtz, a military veteran and co-founder of Dog is Good, “This project allows us to be personally and directly involved in advocating and raising money for a cause we believe in.“
To launch the program, Dog is Good will donate $10 from the sale of each Dog is Good for Patriots T-shirt on www.dogisgood.com through November 11, 2014. Hurry and buy yours!
Freedom Service Dogs serves retired veterans and active injured military, suffering from disabilities including PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, children with autism and people with spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Down Syndrome. Since being founded in 1987, Freedom Service Dogs has paired more than 300 client-dog teams. The cost to train one dog is $25,000 and it takes 7-12 months to train the dogs.