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Annual Dog Wash To Benefit Working K9s

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA)- A national dog daycare franchise is giving back this summer by helping service dogs who give to others year-round. Dogtopia's goal, through charity dog washes scheduled for July 21-22, is to raise $25,000 for working canines across the United States, as well as military dogs overseas.

Nationwide, Dogtopias will participate in the company's eighth annual charity dog wash, and the donations raised will go toward all types of working animals, from police dogs to therapy canines.

The first dog wash fundraiser was held in 2005 at the original Dogtopia location in Vienna, Va., with a goal of generating support for military dogs and their handlers serving overseas. That first event attracted national attention and $9,000 in donations. The funds enabled Dogtopia to ship 5,000 lbs of supplies, including cooling pads, protective eye wear and clothing, as well as very welcome peanut butter treats and Frisbees.

The campaign's success led to the founding of K-9 Support, Inc., which supports working and service dogs. Dogtopias nationwide have raised over $80,000 via this charitable arm, with donation paying for infrared beacons for police k9s, specialized equipment for search and rescue dogs, and assisting in deferring the costs of training service animals.

"It's more important than ever to give back to local working dogs in our communities, since funding is being cut in the government," said Amy Nichols, CEO and Founder of Dogtopia. "I am excited to see how much the event has grown every year and that we're truly making a difference for these canines."

This year local washes will take place at multiple Dogtopia locations on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22, 2012. Dogtopia has a goal to wash at least 100 dogs per location.

Owners can bring their dogs in for a bath, then stay to enjoy the food and fun. A $15 per dog wash donation is requested, and 100% of the proceeds will go to K-9 Support.

For more information on the annual charity dog wash, please visit www.k9support.org.