Dogtopia's Charity Dog Wash Raises Nearly $21,000 to Benefit Working K-9s

Over 1,650 dogs were bathed in dog washes from coast to coast.
By: Dogtopia
 
July 26, 2012 - PRLog -- This past week, over 1650 dogs across the country were bathed, towel-dried, and spritzed all in the name of charity. Dogtopia, a national dog daycare franchise, held its eighth Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit working dogs over the weekend of July 21-22.

From coast to coast Dogtopias participated, raising money for all types of working animals, including police dogs, military dogs, and therapy dogs. Almost $21,000 was raised across the board for supplies for working animals around the globe.

“With the state of the economy and funding cut across the county, it is more important than ever to give back to the working dogs in our communities,” said Amy Nichols, CEO and Founder of Dogtopia. “I am so excited to see the community involvement and to watch this event grow every year. We are truly making a difference in the lives of these canines and the people who love them.”

Proceeds from the Dogtopia K9 Support dog washes allowed for the procurement of everything from infrared beacons for police K9s, specialized equipment for search and rescue dogs, and assisting in deferring the costs of training service animals. Other monetary donations are directed straight to specific organizations supporting working dogs.
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This year, locations in San Marcos, CA; Temecula, CA; Pleasanton, CA; Highlands Ranch, CO; Houston, TX; Waco, TX; Austin, TX; Wilmington, DE; Omaha, NE; Munster, IN; Nashville, TN; Cary, NC; N. Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Bayonne, NJ; Tysons Corner, VA; Herndon, VA; Alexandria, VA; Dulles, VA; Manassas, VA; Woodbridge, VA; North Bethesda, MD and Clarksville, MD participated in the dog wash.

"The Dogtopia annual K9 Support dog wash is our biggest event of the year to raise funds for working dogs. I’m overjoyed to see so many of our locations working together to raise much needed awareness for the loyal canines that are dedicated to humans everyday,” Nichols said. “Most family dogs lead pampered lives, and we want to show our appreciation for those working dogs that strive to protect and support their human counterparts.”

As a whole, Dogtopia has raised over $100,000. in donations since the start of K9 Support in 2005. For more information on Dogtopia’s Annual Charity Dog Wash, please visit http://www.dogdaycare.com/k9support/

About Dogtopia®
Dogtopia®, prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and dogs enjoy playtime, spa treatments and overnight stays in a positive environment. Dog owners have the assurance of leaving their beloved pets in the hands of trained professionals while they’re at work or away on vacation. Dogtopia® associates nurture each and every pet as if it were their own. Each location offers dog daycare, boarding, spa services, and most also have professional grooming.  Dogtopia does not breed discriminate and welcomes social dogs of all ages, sizes, and abilities. The company was founded by Amy Nichols in 2002 and began franchising in 2005. Currently, there are 20 Dogtopia franchises and three company-owned locations in operation across the U.S.  There are plans to open six more locations by the end of the year, including our first multi-unit owned location. Visit www.dogdaycare.com for more information.
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