America’s VetDogs Awarded Over $73,000 From the Patterson Foundation


September 20, 2018 (Smithtown, New York) America’s VetDogs was awarded over $73,000 in funding from the Patterson Foundation on July 23, 2018, in support of VetDogs’ mission to provide highly trained service dogs to U.S. military veterans and first responders who have disabilities. 

Patterson with CEO John Miller.America’s VetDogs was the recipient of an employee giving campaign that was presented in conjunction with the Patterson Foundation to over 800 employees of Patterson Veterinary Supply and Animal Health International during their three day annual sales meeting in July. America’s VetDogs graduate and board member, CSM Gretchen Evans, was a guest speaker during the opening night kick-off meeting. Evans introduced the audience to her hearing dog, Aura, and shared her personal story of the life-altering injury she sustained while deployed, and the fundamental difference Aura has made in her life. Patterson Animal Health business unit employees far exceeded expectations, raising a total of $73,889, including employee donations and a matching gift from the Patterson Foundation.  
“America’s VetDogs is extremely grateful to the Patterson Foundation for their generous grant to further our mission to provide even more service dogs to our nation’s heroes,” said America’s VetDogs CEO John Miller. “Generous donors such as the Patterson 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 comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs. 

“We’re proud to partner with America’s VetDogs, an organization that demonstrates similar values as Patterson and the Patterson Foundation,” said George Henriques, Patterson Foundation President. “The Patterson Foundation focuses on endeavors that make a meaningful difference in society and America’s VetDogs exemplifies this.”

The Patterson Foundation awarded its first grant to America’s VetDogs in 2011, which provided funding toward the conversion of a room in our student residence hall to be fully wheelchair accessible. Since then, Patterson has awarded three additional grants to support the purchase of a transport vehicle, training facility capital renovations and the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van that improved accessibility for veterans paired with assistance dogs. 

About the Patterson Foundation 
Patterson Foundation is a private grant-making foundation, affiliated with Patterson Companies Inc, (Nasdaq: PDCO), that awards higher education scholarships to the children of Patterson Companies employees and provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in the oral health and animal health fields. The Foundation focuses its grants on programs that provide dental care to disadvantaged communities and assistance dogs to veterans and people with disabilities. 

The Patterson Foundation is funded primarily by current and former employees of Patterson Companies Inc. Visit pattersonfoundation.net for more information.

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.

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America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.