The Colorado-based franchises hope to raise enough money to pay for the training of a service dog that will be paired with a Colorado-based disabled veteran. Freedom Service Dogs works with shelter dogs so that both the animal and the veteran partner are both given second chances. At present, it is believed there are an estimated 5.5 million veterans with disabilities in the United States.
In conjunction with its non-profit organization, Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Camp Bow Wow is accepting cash donations from December 15, 2011 through April 15, 2012 at any of the Colorado Camp Bow Wow locations or on their Bow Wow Buddies Foundation website. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation will also be matching funds dollar-to-dollar up to $10,000 of the total funds raised.
Sharan L Wilson, Executive Director of Freedom Service Dogs, said, “We are excited for Camp Bow Wow to be part of the Freedom Service Dogs program. It is highly significant to have such an influential pet services company help with this initiative – not only to raise money for training a service dog for a Veteran, but also bring awareness to the program itself.”
Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow also reported her enthusiasm with the project. She shared, “We are proud to launch ‘Operation Freedom Tail’ to help raise funds and awareness for Freedom Service Dogs and the meaningful work of this organization. We believe that through our efforts, we will help to create a life-long friendship between the trained dog and Veteran, while helping a shelter dog find a wonderful home!”
Camp Bow Wow is a chain of dog day care and overnight camps located across North America, and their official website is www.campbowwow.com.