Want a great way to show your support for veterans? Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in style? How about a yellow ribbon stencil for your pup? Or patriotic bandana? There are so many options available thanks to PetSmart and the PetSmart for Patriots program.
Canine Companions is happy to announce that for the second year, PetSmart has launched a new line of services aimed at honoring the service and sacrifice made by the nation’s men and women in the military. Now through July 5, 2015, $1 from Top Dog and other select Patriotic Grooming packages and PetsHotel® Patriotic Treats will go to support Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Veterans Initiative.
PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence to help partner assistance dogs with the military veterans who need them. In 2014, PetSmart contributed $150,000 to our mission and they expect to contribute another $200,000 in 2015! The impact of this contribution has been immediate.
“Since the launch of our partnership last year, Canine Companions for Independence has placed 18 veterans with assistance dogs of their own and helped to get an additional 33 veterans on the path to having a dog,” said Gregg Scanlon, senior vice president of Store Operations and Services. “These patriotic services, and the proceeds that are donated to Canine Companions through their sale, are just one way that PetSmart is able to say thank you to the brave men and women in our military.”
Our partnership with PetSmart is truly making an impact on veterans who come home with injuries that inhibit their independence. By providing an assistance dog free of charge through our Wounded Veterans Initiative, we are helping veterans live fuller and more independent lives.
Just read what one of our veteran graduates Matthew said about his service dog Gus:
“My biggest struggle has been needing someone else to do things for me. I fell in love with Gus the first night he came home with us. No more do I have to depend on others all the time — and that means a lot!” There were only a couple of things Matthew could do by himself since the injury but now he said, “Gus allows me to be so much more independent. It’s easier to get around and having a buddy by my side to do things with has changed our lives.”
With the increase in wounded veterans who could benefit from assistance dogs, we want to do more. For a veteran making a new start putting their life back together from an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence. We are so grateful to our partner PetSmart for their continued support in making this mission a reality!
Patriotic Top Dog and Select Services Grooming: Choose from select PetSmart Grooming packages that include the option of an assortment of patriotic add-ons, including patriotic bandanas and collar charms, as well as a red (cherry), white (coconut), and blue (blueberry) signature scent.
Yellow Ribbon Stencil: A fun way to show support with a washable temporary pet stencil. *Not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 wks. & older.
PetsHotel Patriotic Treats: Pet parents will have the opportunity to purchase a patrioticcookie; toy, combo, and/or summer treat time while their pet is staying in a PetSmart PetsHotel.