September is National Guide Dog Month

CSI: Miami stars Omar Miller and Eva LaRue, along with Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco, have teamed up to support National Guide Dog Month.

Together, they hope to raise awareness and $1 million for guide dog organizations across the United States.

“We want people to realize that this is more than just a fundraiser for a good cause,” Miller said. “This is really about empowering the visually impaired with the life-changing gift of a guide dog.”

According to Petco there are over 1.3 million blind people in the USA. Guide dogs are an amazing asset to the visually impaired and create life-changing opportunities. By providing safety, companionship and assistance they bring a level of independence that could otherwise not be reached. 

Throughout September, pet owners will be able to buy specially marked bags of Natural Balance dog food and treats at Petco and other pet retailers. One dollar from each sale will be donated to participating guide dog schools.

In addition, Petco shoppers can also “round up” their purchases at the register or make donations directly online.

This year, participating guide dog schools are as follows:
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
Guide Dogs of Texas Inc.
Guide Dogs of the Desert
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Inc.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Leader Dogs for the Blind
The Seeing Eye Inc.
Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind

See some of the amazing work one of these organizations is doing:

Leader Dogs introduces new tool to increase mobility for individuals using guide dogs.

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