2019-01-10 / Local & State

Thrift Store Raises Money For Service Dog Organization

Collects $1,069 for Paws for Purple Hearts
By Cassidy Pittman STAFF WRITER

Local thrift store and cat shelter Paws For Hope is known for helping animals in need. This year for Christmas they chose to collect money for Paws For Purple Hearts (PPH), a service dog organization specifically for wounded service members and veterans.

PPH is dedicated to improving the lives of “America’s Warriors” facing mobility challenges and trauma-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Thanks to the donations from the community, Paws for Hope was able to raise a total of $1,069. Of that amount, $500 was donated by H&G’s Bubbles and Baths Pet Grooming. Costs for training a service dog, which takes two years, is $25,000, according to Cathy Kaiser, a representative from Paws For Purple Hearts.

On top of offering canine-assisted warrior therapy, PPH also provides service dog placement, facility dog placement, specialist therapy dog treatment, and obedience training at their five locations. The closest PPH office to Fulton County is in Ruther Glen, Va. If interested in their services, call 804-589-0077.

According to PPH’s website, www.pawsforpurplehearts.org, 2.7 million Americans have served the United States military since Sept. 11, 2001, and nearly half of them have returned home with a service-related disability. Since the nonprofit opened its doors in 2014, Paws for Purple Hearts has deployed 73 service dogs that have been trained specifically for veterans’ needs. Donations can also be made at www.pawsforpurplehearts.org.

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