Charities the LOVE UNLEASHED book series has benefited

We enthusiastically promote Love Unleashed children’s illustrated picture book series in a financially successful way so that 100% of profits from this project can be donated to charities that closely align with the project’s subject matter.

The profits from Why Dogs Are, from the Love Unleashed series, will go to organizations that train, support, and/or place therapeutic service animals. These organizations rescue animals from certain death in kill shelters due to overcrowding or under-funding, or they rehabilitate animals.

The chosen organizations will usually be funded and sustained primarily through private donation, dependent on volunteers to accomplish their organizational goals and have little to no governmental support. These organizations might benefit from fundraisers to raise awareness of their objectives (in which case KNP will supply books at reduced cost to sell at their fundraising event).

We are always on the “lookout” for deserving groups who fit the project’s purpose. If you wish to propose a group for KNP consideration for receipt of charitable contributions, please contact us with your suggestions.

To date, the following organizations have received donations from the sales of Why Dogs Are:

Hand in Paw, Birmingham, Alabama

Hand In Paw, animal charityHand in Paw (HIP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that improves the health and well-being of children and adults by serving those with physical, emotional, educational, or psychological needs through interactions with professionally-trained animal-assisted therapy teams. HIP’s three main programs are “Pawsitive Living™,” “Petscription,” and “Sit, Stay, Read!”

Petscription volunteers work with facility staff to provide medical, psychiatric and rehabilitation services via interactions between patients/clients of all ages and therapy animals. Their services are in high demand among people receiving acute medical care, cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, and patients with mental disorders, receiving special education, and adults/children receiving speech, occupational and physical therapy. Petscription services are provided to over 35 medical, early intervention and rehab facilities.

Sit, Stay, Read! helps reluctant young readers to overcome embarrassment and improve reading skills by reading aloud to calming, motivating therapy animals. HIP therapy teams make the experience non-judgmental, non-threatening, and a positive learning experience. The program creates a stress free environment for improvement in reading and self-confidence. Sit, Stay, Read! Teams work in 6 schools and one YWCA After School Enrichment Program for Homeless Children.

Warrior Canine Connection, BOYDS, MD

Warrior Canine ConnectionWarrior Canine Connection is one of those organizations that all Americans need to know about, embrace and support. When coming home, our service men and women deserve to return to their pre-service lives, but the nature of those conflicts means that physical, mental and emotional scars are now a part of their pursuit of happiness. Huge numbers of our armed services members return from those conflicts in the Middle East with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Recovery from these debilitating conditions can take a very long time. Feeling safe and secure again is a constant challenge in addition to healing from physical injury. Warrior Canine Connections is a non-profit organization doing the wonderful work of pairing Golden and Labrador Retriever puppies with “puppy parents” who raise and care for the pups until about two years of age. The dogs work with Wounded Warriors who are participating in therapeutic service dog training programs.

“Rather than turning inward to focus on their past trauma, the trainers must get outside of their own heads to focus on the dogs and their mission to help another Veteran.” writes Warrior Canine Connections.

When the dogs have completed their training, they are then partnered with disabled combat Veterans as animal-assistance therapy dogs. This dual approach actually assists two veterans through the training and Over 100 service members who have participated in WCC’s program credit the program with turning their lives around; improving their relationships with spouses, partners,

Check WCC’s website to learn more about the program, “Puppy Petter” volunteers and watch Puppy Cam. Check the WCC Facebook page to learn about new puppy litters. From their main website, you can also buy great stuff that (Sources: Warrior Canine Connections website (see above); Soine, Lynne, DSW, MSW, LMSW, “Warrior Canine Connection,” Social Work Today , July/August, 2013, pages 16-20.)

Lucky Break Pet Rescue, Normandy, TN

Lucky Break Pet RescueHearing the stories of so many animals in need and so many who didn’t get a lucky break rescue broke my heart. Lucky Break Pet Rescue, a small group of unfunded but passionate people, confirmed that this is the kind of local, grass roots efforts that KNP wants to support—it’s just harder to find them.

But Lucky Break Pet Rescue volunteers gave me such a gift the day we all met for a “play date.” Mila joined Maggie, Molly and Muggsi to complete our happy home gang.

Lucky Break Pet Rescue has been a Godsend for many animals in need. I wrote this review after adopting our very special girl from Lucky Break: “Lucky Break Pet Rescue was certainly a lucky break for me. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in and around Normandy, TN, I now have a new family member. Mila was rescued from a high kill-rate shelter by Lucky Break volunteers, along with a LOT of other dogs. I found her listing on their website when I went searching to find out what breed my previous rescue might be—someone thought he was a Flat-Coated Retriever. Google was my friend that day and took me straight to Mila’s picture and I fell in love instantly. She joined my “four-footed family” and I think she was destined to be ours. Karen of Lucky Break spent a long time emailing me about her personality traits, drove to meet me half way (3 hours for each of us) so we could meet, and spent time with me telling me of the story of Lucky Break and their continued efforts to save and re-home so many animals destined to be put down.”

Check out Lucky Break Pet Rescue on Facebook or, better yet, adopt one of their rescues!