New Ford Ride for Our Four-Legged Life-Changing Friends
We are excited to share that our Patriotic Service Dogs are getting a new Transit Connect Van from the Reed Family of dealerships and the Light Up to Live Foundation!
What does it take to customize a Ford Transit Van to transport these one-of-a-kind service dogs? Our Light Up To Live volunteer extraordinaire, Sheena Sharapata is leading the charge on getting this Ford Van ready to serve the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. Sheena, who handles promotions at Planet Ford 635 in Garland, explains that the van will get a custom wrap designed by SKINZ featuring the name of the organization, but it will also include the names of primary sponsors. The patriotic theme features images of service dogs and an American flag. After the wrap, it will be sent in June to Kustom Krates for a customized and climate-controlled interior, including six kennels for safely transporting service dogs along with storage for their gear and nutrition.
The van will cost nearly $90,000 upon completion. A portion of the expenses will be covered by donations from Randall Reed’s Ford and Lincoln dealerships in Texas! Stepping up are Planet Ford 635, Planet Ford Dallas Love Field, Planet Ford Spring, Planet Ford Humble, Planet Lincoln Dallas Love Field as well as RAD-Rides. Light Up To Live’s first volunteer board chairman.
German Shepherds are considered one of the best breeds for serving the needs of human handlers living with physical, emotional, or intellectual differences. The dogs are physically strong, emotionally intuitive, super-intelligent, and incredibly loyal. We are especially fortunate that our presenting sponsor – Ethos – is taking on the challenge of funding Ellis through contributions from its employees. Each pup requires about $35,000 to pay for training, nutrition, and veterinary care during the 18-24 months of training and placement. Funding for Bonney will come in large part from our 2021 fundraising events.