American Humane invites public to support veterans and their service dogs by learning more about Pups4Patriots Service Dog and Battle Buddies programs, as well as other initiatives

American Humane Veteran And Dog
On Veterans Day, give our veterans not just thanks but tangible aid.

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — To provide veterans with assistance, American Humane, this country’s first national humane organization, provides a wide range of programs and services including free, lifesaving help for those who continue to battle the invisible wounds of war – deadly Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Here are just some of American Humane’s free programs and initiatives to help veterans and military animals:

  • Pups4Patriots Service Dog Program: American Humane rescues abandoned dogs in need of forever homes and trains them to become lifesaving service dogs for veterans with PTS and TBI – at no cost to the veterans. The Pups4Patriots program saves lives at both ends of the leash, seeking to stem the tide of veteran suicide, which takes 20 lives each day, and rescue more of the hundreds of thousands of adoptable dogs euthanized each year.

 

  • Wags4Patriots Service Dog Grants: American Humane offers a number of Wags4Patriots grants to help veterans secure service dogs on their own.

 

  • Battle Buddies Program: American Humane brings home retired war dogs from overseas, arranges for lifetime medical care, and reunites them with their former handlers at no charge so these heroes can enjoy a happy, healthy, well-deserved retirement together.

 

  • Operation Service Dog Access: To prevent discrimination against veterans with service dogs, American Humane and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) created “Operation Service Dog Access,” the first assessment and credentialing program for veterans and their service dogs. American Humane partnered with NAVSO, The Schultz Family Foundation, and other experts to create national standards for service dogs of veterans suffering from PTS and TBI, in addition to a thorough application and hands-on assessment process for service dogs and their handlers. This independent, rigorous credentialing program evaluates the legitimacy of each veteran and service dog pair through an assessment and public performance evaluation, monitored by unbiased experts. Veterans can apply to become credentialed and each veteran and service dog pair that successfully completes the assessment is entered into a nationwide, publicly-accessible database found at www.servicedogaccess.org.

 

  • Pups for Patriots Act of 2017: American Humane invites support for H.R. 3335, the “Pups for Patriots Act of 2017,” sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and co-sponsored by Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), both chairs of the Congressional Humane Bond Caucus. The bill is intended to increase the quantity and quality of lifesaving, highly trained service dogs for veterans with PTS and TBI by calling for a pilot program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will provide service dogs and mandate an adherence to national standards for the selection, training and assessment of the service dogs.

“Our nation’s veterans served our country and it is now time to serve them,” says American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “We want to thank our brave veterans, invite the public to support them in every way possible, and remind all our veterans, their families, and friends that tools to help them win their battles at home are available, including highly trained service dogs who can save lives. Please visit www.AmericanHumane.org to learn more about these critical services and to support America’s veterans. And thank you for your service!”

About American Humane  
American Humane has been supporting the U.S. military, veterans, and military animals for more than 100 years. Founded in 1877, American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. American Humane began its work in supporting the U.S. military in 1916 when it began rescuing 68,000 war horses wounded each month on the battlefields of World War I Europe. Since then, the organization has been involved in pioneering animal therapy for returning warriors, providing support for veterans and military families, and repatriating retired military dogs and reuniting them with their former handlers. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

 

Dogs design sweaters for themselves and humans for the holiday season; yes, you read that right!

Clinton Kelly and his dog Mary partner with the CESAR® brand to show off their Twinning holiday sweaters.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee (PRNewswire)—This holiday season, the CESAR® brand is introducing matching sweater sets for humans and dogs with the help of style expert Clinton Kelly.

The new “Twinning” campaign, created by London-based advertising agency AMV BBDO, features a range of DESIGNED BY DOGS™ human and dog sweaters (the dogs truly created the “fetching” designs) that are available to consumers across the globe.

“The holiday season is about celebrating family and making lasting memories with our loved ones, and that includes our four-legged friends,” said Fabio Alings, Global CESAR Brand Director. “The CESAR Twinning campaign is a global campaign that encourages people to create a special, fun-loving moment with their dog to celebrate the holidays together in the most seasonal way.”

HOW TO GET A TWINNING SWEATER SET
Pet owners are encouraged to join in on the festive fashion by entering the CESAR brand’s Twinning sweepstakes* to win their own set of matching holiday sweaters. The sweepstakes will run through Wednesday, December 5 at Cesar.com/Twinning.

MORE ABOUT THE TWINNING CAMPAIGN
To create the CESAR brand’s global Twinning campaign, the brand partnered with technologists from MediaMonks, a creative digital production company, to build a Doggy Design Studio agility course that allowed dogs to run, jump and bark their way to the 2018 holiday sweater designs. As seen in the campaign’s video, the dogs’ bark frequencies were stitched onto the sleeves, and the wag of their tails selected the seasonal icons – such as stockings, reindeer and candy canes – to adorn the rest.

To learn more about the Twinning campaign, visit Cesar.com/twinning. You can also find the brand on Instagram.com/CesarCuisine, Facebook.com/Cesar and Twitter @CesarCuisine.

Wow! Someone’s pet did THAT! Dog gets award for saving life and helping other dogs get medication

As a ripple effect, a fundraiser posted by “Friends of Todd” was started to help other dogs who need to receive anti-venom medication. Todd’s efforts continue to help others save other dogs in need.

Olympic Silver Medalist and freestyle skier, Gus Kenworthy, poses with Milk-Bone® Dog of the Year nominees, Louboutina the Hugging Dog, Todd the Hero Dog and Pierre Don’t Care, who were honored for traits that make them truly special, at the 2018 Streamy Awards.
Olympic Silver Medalist and freestyle skier, Gus Kenworthy, poses with Milk-Bone® Dog of the Year nominees, Louboutina the Hugging Dog, Todd the Hero Dog and Pierre Don’t Care, who were honored for traits that make them truly special, at the 2018 Streamy Awards.

Los Angeles (PRNewswire) — Todd, the Golden Retriever, won the first-ever “Milk-Bone® Dog of the Year Honor” at the 8th Annual Streamy Awards® in Beverly Hills.

The honor celebrates bravery, overcoming obstacles, strong personality and loyalty traits that make all dogs truly special. It was presented by dog lover and Olympic Silver Medalist (freestyle skier) Gus Kenworthy.

Todd’s heroism made waves in June 2018 when he saved his owner from a rattlesnake bite during a hike. As a ripple effect, a fundraiser posted by “Friends of Todd” was started to help other dogs who need to receive anti-venom medication. Todd’s efforts continue to help others save other dogs in need.

“We are so honored to win the first-ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor,” said Paula Godwin, Todd’s pet parent. “To be a part of a celebration like this so rewarding since the Streamys is typically a people-only awards show. We are truly grateful and blessed. Todd will be celebrating with lots of Milk-Bone treats!”

Jonathan Rodgers, senior brand manager of Milk-Bone said the honor was created because the company believes that dogs deserve to be honored in the same way humans are honored.

“We are thrilled that fans voted for Todd to win the first ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor,” Rodgers added. “Todd truly embodies the qualities associated with this honor and goes above and beyond by providing comfort and happiness to all of those around him.”

For more information, visit www.streamys.org.