United Kingdom

‘Pounds for Hounds’ launches on Remembrance Day

Vet practices around the country are calling on all dog owners to help raise vital funds to purchase a new puppy for the charity Hounds for Heroes, by having their dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough.  The ‘Pounds for Hounds’ initiative is being launched on Remembrance Day and will run until 11 November 2013.

Established in 2010 by Gulf War Veteran Allen Parton, 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.

Allen spent five years in hospital coming to terms with his injuries after a tragic war time head injury wiped out his memories leaving him unable to walk, speak or write.  He couldn’t even remember his wife or children.  When Allen was partnered with assistance dog Endal, it changed his life and brought his independence back.  Endal could respond to over 100 commands as well as problem solve, and once saved Allen’s life by putting him in the recovery position and going for help.

“The mental and physical help provided by a trained assistance dog is phenomenal – Endal literally saved my life.  There are nearly one million injured men and women in the country today and if money were no object we would ensure that every single one of them had access to a Hounds for Heroes dog.   It costs £20,000 to train and provide lifetime funding for one of these dogs and it is initiatives such as Pounds for Hounds that help us get that bit closer to our goal.”

“We’re urging dog owners to help their pets by vaccinating for Kennel Cough and help us at the same time. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious disease that is easily spread from dog to dog and can be caught when dogs are in close contact with each other such as in kennel’s, parks, on dog walks, in training classes and other places where dogs mix.”

Vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer Animal Health, is behind the campaign.  Earlier this year the company donated £20,000 to buy and train one of the charity’s newest canine recruits, Vanguard.  Now, as part of the Pounds for Hounds campaign, the company will donate 25 pence to Hounds for Heroes for every dog vaccinated with its Kennel Cough vaccine between 11 November 2012 and 11 November 2013.

To have your dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough and help raise money for Hounds for Heroes, contact your veterinary practice.

For further information about Hounds for Heroes visit www.houndsforheroes.com