Zoetis has raised £20,000 for Hounds for Heroes with its Pounds for Hounds fund-raising campaign.

Partnering with vet practices across the country, Zoetis donated 25p for each dog vaccinated with its BronchiShield Kennel Cough vaccine during the initiative. The money raised is enough for the charity to purchase and train a new puppy and cover its costs throughout its lifetime.

The campaign followed on from an initial donation made by Zoetis to purchase Vanguard, a puppy who has now almost completed his training and was with Hounds for Heroes founder Allen Parton, to receive the cheque from Scott Wheway, assistant product manager at Zoetis.

Established in 2010 by Mr Parton, a Gulf War veteran, Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.

Scott Wheway said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from our veterinary customers when we launched the Pounds for Hounds campaign with BronchiShield. We made a donation of 25p per dog vaccinated, but it was our veterinary customers that made this campaign so successful.

“Many practices not only supported our Pounds for Hounds campaign, but ran their own fund-raising initiatives as well, so the fund-raising target of £20,000 will be exceeded by quite a wide margin. We’d like to thank our customers on Hounds for Heroes’ behalf.

“We are delighted to be the first vaccine supplier to partner with Hounds for Heroes and to be able to fund both Vanguard and a new canine recruit. We hope the dogs will offer a valuable lifeline to two heroes who need their help.”

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