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America’s Vetdogs Receives $15,000 Grant From Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Smithtown, NY – America’s Vetdogs (www.VetDogs.org) is proud to announce that it has received a $15,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 73 grants totaling over $537,550 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,380 grants totaling over $17.6 million since 1999.

America’s VetDogs, a premier provider of highly-trained guide and service dogs for veterans with disabilities, and dually accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International, will put the grant towards a fund to acquire a wheelchair accessible van. This new accessible van will allow the program to have greater efficiencies when transporting clients for training and traveling purposes.

“America’s VetDogs is honored to receive this grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation”, says Wells B. Jones, CEO of America’s VetDogs. “The incidence of spine trauma sustained by military personnel in current conflicts is higher than that reported for previous conflicts. America’s VetDogs has strategically planned to meet this growing need of spinal cord injuries, those with paralysis and those who use wheelchairs. This grant will help in providing a well needed accessible vehicle for many of the students that we serve while training with their new assistance dogs.”

“Giving the gift of independence for individuals living with paralysis is why the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center was created. We are honored to provide these organizations with Quality of Life grants to help make this vision come true for the paralysis community nationwide,” said Donna Valente, Quality of Life Grants Director, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The organizations receiving these grants will offer much needed services that will bolster their communities and strengthen the lives of those accessing these critical programs and resources.”

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #U59DD000838).

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award No. U59DD000838. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

About America’s Vet Dogs

America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) serves the needs of veterans with disabilities from all eras who have honorably served our country. VetDogs trains and places guide dogs with individuals who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; and physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with service members in military and VA hospitals. It is accredited by Assistance Dogs International and the International Guide Dog Federation.

America’s VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation, and relies on voluntary contributions to fund its mission. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, there is never a charge to the individual.

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