In honor of Veterans Day, Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance announced that they have joined forces to raise awareness of the impact service dogs have on the military and the military by donating $50,000 $ to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. This donation will help the non-profit organization continue to train and provide service dogs to disabled veterans free of charge.
“This has become an annual initiative for Pet Supplies Plus and one that is close to our hearts,” Chris Rowland, managing director of Pet Supplies Plus, said in a statement from the organization.1 “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.”
According to the organization’s release, the check for the donation was presented to the Pet Supplies Plus store in Dallas-Medallion on November 3, 2022. Both Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance presented the check to the founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS, Lori Stevens, development coordinators Marissa Pittman and Sarah Mathers, and Patriot PAWS service dog Pierce.
“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.”
Stevens founded Patriot PAWS in 2006 to train and place service dogs for free with disabled veterans with mobile disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, when the usual cost of a service dog, before training costs, is approximately $35,000 per dog.1
As of this year, Patriot PAWS has placed over 400 dogs in its programs and can house up to 25 dogs at its Rockwall campus.1 The rest of the dogs are placed in other programs, including the Texas A&M Student Led Puppy Raiser program, the DFW Puppy Raiser program, and a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where inmates from 3 prison units train dogs on duty.
“We are extremely grateful to our friends at Natural Balance and Pet Supplies Plus,” Stevens said. “Thanks to this generous donation, we are able to continue saving the lives of those who have served our great nation.”
$50,000 donated to Patriot PAWS by Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance® in honor of Veterans Day. Press release. More pet supplies. November 7, 2022. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/50-000-donated-to-patriot-paws-by-pet-supplies-plus-and-natural-balance- in-honor-of-veterans-day-301670001.html