America’s VetDogs Awarded $300,000 From the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation
June 9, 2020 (Smithtown, New York)
– America’s VetDogs was awarded $300,000 in funding from the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation in support of the VetDogs’ mission to provide highly trained service dogs to U.S. military veterans and first responders who have disabilities.
“America’s VetDogs is extremely grateful to the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation for their generous grant to further our goal to provide even more service dogs to our nation’s heroes,” said America’s VetDogs President and CEO John Miller. “Generous donors such as the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation enable us to change the lives of veterans with disabilities.”
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of VetDogs’ services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding primarily comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.
"It was love at first laugh when my dad heard that GI Audience at March Field in 1941. It was a huge and appreciative group and their laughter changed his life. The more shows he did for them throughout WW2 and all over the world, and for the next fifty plus years, the more he grew to respect and honor their devotion to their country,” said Linda Hope (CEO and Chair of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation). “In Memory of my Dad and Mother, both ardent dog lovers and to honor their faith in the healing power of the human/animal bond our board is thrilled to support America's VetDogs and their mission to help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence, through their work of training and placing highly trained guide and service dogs with our nation’s heroes.”
With the funding awarded from the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, America’s VetDogs issued a challenge grant to donors to contribute towards a capital project -- the future restructuring and renovation of its on-campus service dog Training Center. America’s VetDogs donors generously contributed over $400,000 towards the challenge, and along with the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation’s support for the training and placement of assistance dogs with veterans, their donations will improve the lives of hundreds of veterans waiting to train with a life-changing dog today, and will continue to impact many, many more lives in the years to come.
The Bob Hope Legacy honors and preserves the "Spirit of Bob Hope", underscoring his career as a world-class entertainer, comedian, patriot and humanitarian. The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, which supports the Bob Hope Legacy, was established to provide for and assure the continuation of the philanthropic ideals of Bob and Dolores Hope.
About the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation
Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation (BobHope.org) supports organizations that bring “HOPE” to those in need and those who served to protect our nation. The Foundation also supports charitable organizations that preserve and honor the legacy of Bob Hope as an American entertainer, humanitarian, patriot, sportsman and supporter of military personnel and their families.
About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.
America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.