Patriot PAWS Service Dogs receives $14,000 from Ascent Protein

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a national nonprofit based in Rockwall that trains and provides service dogs for disabled veterans,  recently received a $14,000 donation from Ascent Protein.  Ascent is a family-owned company based in Denver, Colorado that is well-known in the fitness and sports industry for producing clean, pure, made-in-America protein and pre-workout products.

On Oct. 29, 2019, Ascent launched a special give-back campaign pledging to donate 20% of profits to Patriot PAWS from sales through Nov. 11, 2019.  Ascent also gave Limited Edition Veterans Day Blender Bottles to customers who made a purchase in support of the campaign.

Carolina Panthers running back and Colorado native, Christian McCaffrey, generated buzz for the promotion when he personally announced it on his social media channels.  McCaffrey is an official partner with Ascent, and one of the most recent professional athletes to join Team Ascent.

“Thanks to the support of our athlete Christian McCaffrey and our incredible customers, Ascent is able to partner with Patriot PAWS to provide service dogs to disabled veterans in support of their recovery both physically and emotionally,” said Ascent’s General Manager, Paul Vraciu.  “The entire Ascent team is very proud of the way we are able to help train service dogs for our American heroes.”

Ascent Protein, The Official Sponsor of Hard Work™, is the benchmark in protein purity.  With over 30 years of experience, Ascent filters the protein in their own facilities, using only milk from trusted dairy farmers.  Like the athletes they serve, Ascent works hard to achieve high-quality results.  Learn more about Ascent Protein by visiting their website at

“We are extremely grateful to Ascent Protein and all of their loyal customers for making this generous donation possible,” said Lori Stevens, Executive Director and Founder of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.  “With their support, we will continue to train and place these amazing, life-changing animals with the 70 disabled veterans waiting for a Patriot PAWS Service Dog.”

About Patriot PAWS

The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.  Founded by professional dog trainer, Lori Stevens, Patriot PAWS has placed more than 230 service dogs since 2006, when it was designated as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Patriot PAWS trains their dogs with the help of volunteer Puppy Raisers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and student Puppy Raisers at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  They also have an innovative, 11-year partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where inmate trainers live and work with the dogs in prison.  For more about Patriot PAWS, please visit their website at

By Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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