Football star Eric Decker, who recently signed with the New York Jets, has scored a touchdown in the hearts of his Fido-loving fans by helping to team up shelter dogs turned service dogs with vets in need.
Deckers Dogs– a charitable program founded by the wide receiver and his wife in partnership with Freedom Service Dogs of America in order to provide service dogs to those who have served our country and returned home with disabilities– has joined with VPI in recognition of National Pet Parent’s Day (April 27th) to raise funds for the rescue of shelter dogs, and for their subsequent care and training for their vital new role. (A canine’s transition into their new lease on life costs approximately $25,000, and since its start in late 2013 Deckers Dogs has already funded the care and training for three service dogs.)
“Pet Parent’s Day recognizes the human-animal bond and the commitment pet owners give to their furry family members,” said Eric Decker. “We’re proud to partner with VPI to help build new bonds between those rescued service dogs and our wounded warriors as we free a hero to save a hero.”
The fundraiser runs from April 22nd through Memorial Day (May 26th), with VPI donating $5 (up to a total of $10,000) to Deckers Dogs for each free pet insurance quote generated on www.petparentsday.com.
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