Press release: Dogtopia
Dogtopia, the nation’s leading dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, recently announced that the Dogtopia Foundation has helped sponsor more than 100 service dogs for veterans. Since the Foundation’s inception, Dogtopia daycares have collectively achieved this milestone by raising nearly $1 million, including almost $60,000 during September, which is National Service Dog Month.
In addition to this milestone, several Dogtopia daycares across the country were able to celebrate additional sponsorship goals. During September, 11 new service dog sponsorships were added to support the training of loyal, caring canine companions for the heroes who served our country. Dogtopia daycare centers in Arlington Heights, Downtown Orlando, Eau Claire, Olathe and Tanque Verde helped sponsor their first dog each; Dogtopia of Springfield and Dogtopia of The Woodlands North helped sponsor their third dog; Dogtopia of Dulles and Dogtopia of Historic Phoenix helped sponsor their fourth dog; and Dogtopia of Fredericksburg and Dogtopia of Waco helped sponsor their fifth dog. Service dogs sponsored by the Dogtopia Foundation are trained and prepared by non-profit partners including America’s VetDogs, K9s For Warriors, Next Step Service Dogs, Mutts with a Mission, paws4people, Service Dogs, Inc., NEADS, and PAWS with a Cause.
“We are so proud of our Dogtopia owners, team members and pet parents for their commitment to the Dogtopia Foundation and for raising money to support our veterans in need of service dogs,” said Neil Gill, CEO and president of Dogtopia. “We know the waitlist is long, and we will continue to do all we can to support the brave men and women who served our country.”
The Dogtopia Foundation enables dogs to positively change our world and providing service dogs to veterans is just one of the three key pillars of the Dogtopia Foundation that helps to achieve this mission. Since its inception in 2017, the Foundation has also supported causes centered on youth literacy programs and employment initiatives for adults with autism.
“In addition to being kind and loving animals, dogs don’t pass any judgement and can really help those in need of emotional and physical assistance with the companionship they need to fulfill their daily life with confidence,” said Liz Meyers, director of the Dogtopia Foundation. By connecting dogs with the organizations it supports, the Foundation can help returning veterans, adults with autism and children reach their full potential.