Project Paws Alive Awarded Platinum Status by GuideStar

For Immediate Release

Organization Demonstrates Commitment to Transparency

Atlanta, GA – Project Paws Alive has received Platinum status on GuideStar, the premier nonprofit ranking website. The organization is now part of an elite tier of nonprofit organizations recognized for leading the way in social change by demonstrating a commitment to measuring progress and sharing results.

GuideStar Platinum is the highest ranking available, and it has only been achieved by a very select set of organizations. Achieving a Platinum Level Profile demonstrates Project Paws Alive’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

To reach the Platinum level, Project Paws Alive provided extensive information and in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.

“Reporting at the Platinum level will help demonstrate programmatic growth and transparency. We understand that donors have many choices when it comes to giving funds to support important causes, and we want everyone to know that Project Paws Alive uses all donations and sponsorships appropriately,” said Cheryl Allen, Project Paws Alive President & Co Founder.

About: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and our mission is to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and first aid field trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K9s throughout the United States. We rely solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies.

About GuideStar: The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS and allows the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

 

Contacts: Karen Caprio, Project Paws Alive, kcaprio@projectpawsalive.org 770-837-9626

Nominate your K9 for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

Nominate your K9 for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. For the sixth year Project Paws Alive has been proudly selected as a charity Partner for the Hero Dog Awards event. We’d like to invite you to submit your Hero Dog for inclusion in the national competition. You and your K9 can be a spotlighted nominee with a chance to share your K9 story. The nominees get flown out to Los Angeles for the televised award event hosted by the Hallmark Channel and top-tier celebrities. Best of all the event brings much needed focus to these hero dogs and the work they do, as well as raises funds for nonprofits like ours. Below is the link to submit your Hero Dog. It’s fast and easy. Also below is more detail about the event.

I won’t be shy in asking that if you do submit, please select Project Paws Alive as your Charity Partner. The Charity Partner of each Hero Dog category receives a donation from the American Humane Association to assist with our causes. Project Paws Alive is a nationwide nonprofit that provides protective K9 equipment to underfunded Law Enforcement, Fire/Arson, Search & Rescue, and Military K9 Units nationwide. For more information on us: https://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

Hero Dog Nomination Link: http://herodogawards.org/nominate/

Hero Dog “About Us” Page: http://herodogawards.org/about-us/

K9 Kai; Hero Dog Awards Finalist – Please Vote!

Arson Dog Kai : From Animal Shelter to Red Carpet

davis_kaiIt’s a Cinderella story. Abandoned by her family in 2009 in McLean County, IL a stray Labrador retriever named Ellie – and later renamed Kai – dug determinedly through a large box of toys, looking for the tennis ball and ignoring the rest of the toys.

That single-minded focus saved her life.

An employee of the Humane Society of Central Illinois contracted a trainer, who assessed Kai’s skills. In April 2010, Kai entered the State Farm® Arson Dog Program and after four weeks of training with her handler, Justin Davis, they were a certified accelerant detection canine team. Kai is trained to find miniscule traces of flammable liquids within minutes and seconds.

784x2048To date, she has worked 200 fire- and bomb-related investigations across San Antonio and Bexar County in Texas. In addition to a regular caseload, she accompanies her handler Justin Davis on local appearances about fire safety to local schools and at college level forensic classes.

Today, the accelerant detection canine has been voted one of eight finalists in the American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards contest. Sponsored by State Farm, Kai and her handler will represent the Arson Dog category at the Hero Dog Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Sept. 27. There they will walk the red carpet, conduct VIP interviews, and attend the star-studded awards show and black-tie gala where the winning 2014 American Hero Dog will be chosen.

Quite a comeback for an abandoned pet!

8132964107_3ab2cf5bbf_o“This year’s slate of hero dogs represents the best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Their remarkable stories of valor deserve recognition at the highest level, and we are privileged to honor their accomplishments once a year in this national forum.”

Davis also praised his canine companion.

“I feel like, since she was from a shelter rescue, she’s a perfect example of what a shelter dog can accomplish if given the right opportunity,” Davis said.

8132996680_63e0573b0a_oTheir relationship goes beyond investigating charred scenes. At the end of the day, Kai makes the trip home with Davis where she’s a treasured member of his family.

All eight finalists will win $1,500 for their chosen charity. Kai’s charity is Project Paws Alive, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides life-saving protective K9 equipment to units nationwide that cannot otherwise afford it. The top winner wins an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Show your support for our Arson Dog program by voting for Kai to help determine which heroic hound will be named this year’s  American Hero Dog. The public is invited to submit one vote per day through Sept. 15 at http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242.

 

Please vote daily through September 15, 2014 at
http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242