National Wash Your Dog Day

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Independence Day celebrates our country's birth and all there is to be thankful for including our service dogs who help disabled veterans coping with challenges. To observe and honor their heroic efforts, Dogtopia, a national dog daycare franchise, has declared July 21st "National Wash Your Dog Day," and is calling upon Americans to mark their calendars and help change the lives of veterans - one dirty dog at a time. Dogtopia will host its 9th Annual Charity Dog Wash in 29 US towns to benefit organizations that provide service dogs to veterans, enhancing their quality of life, helping with healing and recovery and often providing a new outlook on life.   

Participation is a day of family fun. Dog owners are invited to bring their dog(s) to an event location for a summertime bath, given by Dogtopia's trained team members and volunteers, for a $15 donation per dog wash. Events will feature give-aways, food, photo booths and games. The public can log onto dogtopia.com to find a Dogtopia Charity Dog Wash in their community and access event updates on facebook.com/dogtopia and twitter.com/dogtopia. The public can also show their support, regardless of geography, by making a donation online at dogtopia.com to help Dogtopia raise awareness and meet the fundraising goal of $30,000 for the cause or text "Dogtopia" to 50155. All funds raised will benefit service dogs for veterans. 

According to a recent report, nearly 30 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated at V.A. hospitals and clinics have been diagnosed with PTSD. And more than 624,000 of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans have filed disability claims. Public support and awareness is vital to helping organizations like America's VetDogs (vetdogs.org) and Veterans Moving Forward (vetdogs.org), two of the beneficiaries of this year's Charity Dog Wash, continue to train service dogs to assist veterans across a full spectrum of needs.