Largest pet retail franchise and premium pet food maker helps provide service dogs to deserving veterans
DALLAS, November 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pet Supplies Plus, the largest and most trusted pet retail franchise, has once again partnered with Natural Balance® to raise awareness of the profound impact that dogs assistance have on the US military. Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance continue their national partnership with a donation of $50,000 to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that trains and provides free service dogs to veterans with disabilities. Pet Supplies Plus held a check presentation at its location of Dallas, TX on November 3rd.
In honor of Veterans Day, any purchase of Natural Balance products made at a Pet Supplies Plus store through November 27 will support the $50,000 donation to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. Through this donation, Patriot PAWS will provide free service dogs to disabled U.S. veterans to help them restore and maintain their physical and emotional independence.
“It has become an annual initiative for Pet Supplies Plus and one that is close to our hearts,” said Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus. “Patriot PAWS makes such a huge impact and we’re proud to make this contribution alongside Natural Balance so veterans can be matched with service dogs at no cost.”
The check presentation took place at Pet Supplies Plus of Dallas-Medallion, located at 6464 E. Northwest Highway, on November 3. Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance presented the check together to Patriot PAWS, joined by Patriot PAWS Founder and Executive Director, lori stevensDevelopment Coordinator, Marissa PitmanDevelopment Coordinator, Sarah Mather and Patriot PAWS service dog, Pierce.
“We are extremely grateful to our friends at Natural Balance and Pet Supplies Plus,” said the founder of Patriot PAWS. lori stevens. “Thanks to this generous donation, we are able to continue saving the lives of those who have served our great nation.”
Patriot PAWS strives to train and provide service dogs to veterans free of charge. Their mission allows veterans to continue to be positively influenced by service dogs without the training costs, which are approximately $35,000 per dog. With the help of donors, volunteers, and training programs, Patriot PAWS is able to eliminate all costs for veterans. With current demand and the added impact of the pandemic, the work done by Patriot PAWS is even more essential to the well-being of veterans.
Founded in 2006 by a professional dog trainer, lori stevens, Patriot PAWS aims to train and place service dogs with disabled veterans and others with mobile disabilities, traumatic brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. As of fall 2022, Patriot PAWS has placed over 400 dogs from its program. Patriot PAWS can house up to 25 service dogs on their Rockwall campus and the rest are scattered across their various programs including the Texas A&M Student Led Puppy Raiser program, their local DFW Puppy Raiser program, and their partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. where inmates from three prison units train service dogs. The organization remains focused on its mission and, with the help of Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance, hopes to be able to make a few more placements by the end of the year.
“Natural Balance is incredibly proud to once again partner with Pet Supplies Plus in support of Patriot PAWS,” said Darcy Hagan, vice president of sales for Natural Balance. “Being able to help provide a trained service dog to a veteran in need couldn’t be more rewarding. Thank you Patriot PAWS for their great work.”
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About Natural Balance®
Founded in 1989, Natural Balance is a premium pet food brand specializing in high-quality dog and cat foods sold exclusively through specialty pet and e-commerce channels. Natural Balance, a pioneer in the limited ingredient category, has over 30 years of experience creating complete and balanced recipes. In 2021, Natural Balance became an independent and private company. For more information about Natural Balance, please visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com.
About Patriot PAWS Service Dogs
Patriot PAWS’ mission is to train and provide the highest quality service dogs, free of charge, to disabled American veterans and other mobile people with disabilities to help them restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to partner with state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal. For more information about Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, please visit www.patriotpaws.org.
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