In 2015, Petland, Inc. committed to supporting the cost of one dog per year for five years. The average cost to raise and train each service dog is $7,200. This November, in an effort to provide additional support, Petland stores initiated a ‘Round Up at the Register’ campaign for Heartland and raised $4,000.
“Since 1967, Petland’s focus has been matching the right pet to the right customer and enhancing the human animal bond,” said Elizabeth Kunzelman, Director of Public Affairs. “We were excited for this additional opportunity to support the work of Heartland Canines for Veterans and are grateful to be able to help enhance a veteran’s life with a devoted companion.”
Petland’s and Petland Charities’ national Community Service outreach includes offering support to local police, sheriff and fire departments as well as support for military veteran service dogs. The assistance for protective K9 units is most often a feeding program, supplies or fundraising for specific items, such as bite-suits or training gear. Petland stores currently support more than 150 K-9 units across the country. Support for veteran service dogs often goes towards the costs associated with raising, training and on-going care.
Veterans can go to the www.heartlandk9s.org website for more information and to fill out an initial application.
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