[gdum-l] September is National Guide Dog Month at PETCO
Kim.Charlson at Perkins.org
Kim.Charlson at Perkins.org
Tue Sep 14 01:37:37 GMT 2010
September is National Guide Dog Month at PETCO
PETCO has teamed with Actress Nicollette Sheridan and Natural Balance(r)
Pet Foods in their goal to raise $1M to support guide dog organizations
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout September, pet parents can
visit any of PETCO's more than 1000 locations to help PETCO and Natural
Balance Pet Foods achieve their goal to raise $1M for guide dog
organizations across the country. Customers may contribute at the
register by either rounding up their purchase amount or making a
donation of $1, $5, $10 or $20. In addition, $1 of any $25 purchase or
greater of bags of Natural Balance dog food featuring Nicolette
Sheridan's photo will also go to funding guide dog training and support.
Donations may also be made online at www.petco.com/naturalbalance
through September 24.
"I've always loved dogs, and supporting National Guide Dog Month is a
special way to celebrate the unique bond between dogs and their owners,"
said Nicollette Sheridan. "Together, we can help make a difference for
this important cause."
"The facts around legal blindness are compelling; every seven minutes
someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired, additionally
recent statistics show that thirteen percent of our military return from
war with eye injuries," said Elisabeth Charles, Senior Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer for PETCO. "Guide dogs are given to the
visually impaired for free, yet it costs over $40,000 to train a guide
dog team. PETCO is very proud to support the education of guide dogs.
These animals are a gift of independence for someone who cannot see."
For more than two years, a potential guide dog puppy learns, practices
and trains for the day when it graduates as a certified guide dog. A
puppy is raised with a trainer for 18-20 months before it is given to a
guide dog school for four to six months of formal training work with a
harness. For the last month, the dog is matched with a blind person and
they train together at the facility.
100% of proceeds from these National Guide Dog Month fundraising
activities will be donated to several participating guide dog
* Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. (Oregon)
* Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. (California)
* Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
* Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
* Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
* The Seeing Eye, Inc.
* Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc.
* Guide Dogs of the Desert
* Guiding Eyes for the Blind
* Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
* Leader Dogs for the Blind
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