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The Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation Awards Grant To Freedom Service Dogs

March 21, 2013

Cardinal Pet Childrens FoundationMaking A Pawsitive Connection
The Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation Awards Grant To Freedom Service Dogs

LOS ANGELES, CA – (For Immediate Release)  The Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation, was established by Tony de Vos, owner of Cardinal Pet Care in Azusa, CA., to support groups that help promote the values and life lesson’s that children learn from caring for a pet using the foundation’s “Back Bones of Character” program.

The Foundation announces their most recent Grant of $5,000 to Freedom Service Dogs of Englewood, Colorado for their “Pawsitive Connections” program.  Freedom Service Dogs is a non-profit that rescues dogs from shelters, trains them as therapy dogs and partners them with persons living with disabilities.

Pawsitive Connections is one of Freedom’s programs, a therapeutic dog training program, established to teach high risk Colorado youth to help train the dogs as part of their rehabilitation. The youth, aged 11-18, are taught appropriate ways of handling the frustrations and learning the patience required for dog training, benefitting both the dogs and the kids. The youth work with certified dog trainers to help provide the first phase of training to the rescued dogs. They also participate in exercises that help instill respect, responsibility, empathy, positive communication, self-control and social skills.

It’s fitting that Pawsitive Connection, a program that embodies the idea of teaching children empathy and responsibility for pets, should receive funding to support their program from the Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation. Essentially Freedom’s program is also teaching kids to have a strong “back bone” of Character.

The Backbones of Character encourage youth to:  Be Caring, Contribute, Have Courage, Be Dependable, Be Fair and Have Respect, important values kids learn when caring for petsThe Back Bones of Character logo uses “bones” as symbols of the character values that are part of a spine or backbone – an icon that gives kids a memorable and positive vision of the strong character they can develop.

Sharan Wilson, the Executive Director of Freedom Service Dogs, who applied for the Grant, is excited to be chosen to develop a partnership with the Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation. “Helping children and pets is a goal our two foundations have in common. It’s so appropriate that a pet company that makes dog training rewards and has such an interest in kids and pets, would sponsor our youth dog training program.”

Tony de Vos, the president and CEO of Cardinal Pet Care, takes these values personally and prides himself in helping organizations that do the same.  “We’re proud to contribute to Pawsitive Connection, a program whose philosophies we believe in and fully support,” said de Vos, eager to help this inspiring group continue their program. “We’ll also be sending them Crazy Dog “Train-Me!” treats to help shorten the learning curve in those dog training classes!”

To learn more about the Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation, visit:  www.CrazyPetFoundation.com

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