July 22, 2009 Guiding Eyes for the Blind celebrates the completion of the Planet Dog Foundation Canine Recreation Area with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of the Foundation, traveled to Yorktown Heights to participate in the ribbon cutting of the rec area. The Recreation Area was funded by a $38,700 grant from the Foundation to build and maintain the area and provide a supply of toys for canine enrichment. The area has been fitted with a special turf that allows the dogs to run freely without hurting their paws, and the layout of the enclosed area allows visually impaired partners to easily stay oriented and stay connected with their guide dogs. The recreation area allows the dogs a safe, healthy outdoor space to romp like a dog, bond with their partner, and relieve some of the anxiety and stress brought about by the rigorous training regimen the dogs experience. Learn more here.
June 7, 2009 PDF sponsors the 3rd Annual Bark in the Park at the Portland SeaDogs' Hadlock Field in Portland. This year, near-perfect weather brought in the largest crowd to date, with 225 people and 110 dogs hitting the bleachers to cheer on the SeaDogs. Guests were invited to participate in an on-field parade before the game, led by Slugger the SeaDog, and featuring dogs available for adoption from the local animal shelters. Dogs and their people then enjoyed treats, wading pools, and lots of hits during the game. Check out lots of wonderful photos at photographer Keri Herer's website.
May, 2009 The Planet Dog Foundation was named as a notable philanthropic organization in the Animal Welfare category by the nationally know Philanthropy Project. Funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the mission of the Philanthropy Project is to enhance America's culture of generosity by inspiring and enabling every man, woman, and child to become a philanthropist. They accomplish this by using the moving image to tell the untold stories of our nation's 72,000 foundations and their innovative good works ... along with the stories of citizen philanthropists who are "giving and glowing" in their communities nationwide. The Planet Dog Foundation is listed as an exemplary organization, and is proud to be in the company of many other amazing organizations, including the Paul Getty Trust, the Melville Charitable Trust, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the I Have A Dream Foundation. Read more about the Philanthropy Project in their website.
April 11, 2009 Planet Dog Foundation’s signature fundraising toy, the Glow
for Good Ball, has been ranked the NUMBER 1 Earth Friendly Pet Toy by
petside.com, an iVillage Network website designed as a comprehensive source
of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most
out of life. Read more here!
April, 2009 Spring grants awarded. The Board of Directors for the Planet Dog Foundation has awarded
$45,000 in grant money to seven of our long-standing partners. In choosing to renew funding to selected
current grantees, the Board has reaffirmed its commitment to our existing recipients to help them weather
the fundraising challenges in the current donor climate. We are committed to do our part to maintain the
health and quality of service of these quality programs. Renewal grants were awarded to the following
We are very proud to maintain our relationships with these excellent programs.
March, 2009 PDF Strategic Planning results in updated grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Read about changes and upgrades to our grantmaking program.
February 12, 2009 Canine Kissing Contest raises $1,500 for the PDF Grant
Program. Dogs of all shapes and sizes puckered up and showed the love for their
sweetheart at the 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Canine Kissing Contest at the Planet
Dog Company Store. More than 30 people and their pups engaged in some PDA
with the three longest kissers taking home Planet Dog prizes.
February 9, 2009 PDF staff visits Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the site of the new
Planet Dog Foundation Recreation Area. The Executive Director and a Board member
of PDF visited the Guiding Eyes Canine Development Center and the Training
Center for a firsthand look at the world class facilities where hundreds of donated
Planet Dog toys are keeping these highly specialized trainees entertained while off
duty. For the full grantee highlight, click here.
February 8, 2009 PDF awards the Sit. Speak. Act.® Canine Service Award
to Rise VanFleet. Ms. Van Fleet is the author of Play Therapy with Kids &
Canines, the book that was selected by the Dog Writers Association of
America (DWAA) as the best writing about canine service work of 2008. The
award was presented at the annual DWAA banquet in New York City.
January 15, 2009 PDF celebrates record year of giving. Despite the economic
challenges of 2008, PDF celebrated another amazing year of giving with 14
grantees and $103,150 donated to canine service programs nationwide. An
additional $107,000 worth of in-kind product donations provided auction
raffle prizes and valuable supplies for non-profit organizations.
For the entire
press release, click here.
August, 2008 Planet Dog is named the Official Outfitter of NEADS Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. PDF will provide ongoing donations valued at over $25,000
annually so that all NEADS’ puppies, dogs-in-training and new graduating Assistance
Dogs will be outfitted by Planet Dog. PDOG will provide leashes, collars, toys and
accessories for every dog involved in the program on an ongoing basis. This support
complements the grants awarded to NEADS to fund their puppy enrichment center
and the development of a new lighter and more functional dog harness for their
Canines for Combat Veterans Program.
July, 2008 The Planet Dog Foundation partners with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to award
a grant to the Bonnie Bergin Assistance Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, CA. The $20,000 grant will support
the Paws for Purple Hearts program, working to create a national network to serve veterans with disabilities
across the entire country. The Paws for Purple Hearts program is a cooperative project between The Assistance
Dog Institute and veterans hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The project pairs returning veterans with
severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with dogs in training for a service dog career. The vet
experiences palpable relief from the worst symptoms of PTSD, while continuing in the military tradition of
service by preparing a dog to partner with a wounded veteran experiencing combat-related mobility
problems. Read the full press release here...