The Kong Company has donated £5,000 towards the Hounds for Heroes “Puppies on Parade” appeal, which aims to provide assistance dogs to injured and disabled servicemen and women.
The Kong Company has donated £5,000 to assist the Hounds for Heroes charity in reaching the £100,000 goal of its “Puppies on Parade Appeal”, which aims to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.
The target amount of £100,000 will provide the funds required to buy and train five Labradors (carefully selected for all the qualities needed to produce excellent assistance dogs) and to look after them for five years. As a newly formed charity, Hounds for Heroes currently has no assistance dogs, but hopes to have the first dogs in training by the summer.
The Kong Company has also made a on-going donation of the necessary activity toys and other products for the charity’s cadet dogs during their two year training period.
Head of fundraising trustee Lynda Cain said: “To have been approached by such a well-known and popular company at this stage of our development is great. If one calculates the costs involved in training and supporting our first five dogs it becomes obvious that it is the small things that add largely to the costs, with this level of on-going support one of those costs has been removed and that fills us with a great sense of ease.”
Charity founder and vice chairman Allen Parton said it was “an honour” to have been approached by such an established reputable company.
He said: “We can make a real difference to the lives of injured and disabled service and emergency service personnel in the UK through the placement of a Hounds For Heroes cadet, and with the Kong Company’s support we are another step closer to realising that dream”.
A spokesman for the Kong Company, said: “The Kong Company is proud to support Hounds for Heroes. Their ethos, of supporting and facilitating the opportunity for injured and disabled men and women from the UK armed forces and emergency services to enable themselves to be independent and aim for the highest quality of life, is exemplary, and these brave people deserve nothing less.”
Once the initial £100,000 target is met, the charity will begin working on the next phase of its operation, which will see them acquiring premises, top quality trainers and clerical staff.
For further details on how to support Hounds for Heroes by arranging fund raising events, or by adopting it as your company’s chosen charity, visit http://www.houndsforheroes.com/getinvolved/