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May is National Guide Dog Month

 

Paula Abdul presents Idol singer Scott Macintyre with a guide dog.  AP Photo/Natural Balance Pet Foods, Glen Lipton.

Paula Abdul presents Idol singer Scott Macintyre with a guide dog. AP Photo/Natural Balance Pet Foods, Glen Lipton.

Here’s a nice story.  May is National Guide Dog Month.  Not one to be left out of the action, American Idol judge Paula Abdul gave Idol singer Scott Macintyre, who is blind, a guide dog.

 

 

Abdul, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Petco and independent pet stores nationwide are teaming to raise funds and awareness for guide dogs.  They hope to raise over two million dollars during the month of May to go to guide dog programs.

 

An emotional MacIntyre was both thrilled and surprised to learn he would receive a guide dog.  He had been told he was at the ceremony to perform, but instead, Abdul informed him that he would be receiving a dog after his upcoming tour.  Many people openly wept during the ceremony.

 

“Being part of this important cause is truly special and very close to my heart,” said Paula Abdul.”  Most people have no idea how much time and money it takes to train these beautiful animals to give such a precious gift to those who need it most.  It can take more than two years and $40,000 to properly train a guide dog. Together, we can help guide dog schools provide more of these life-changing partners to people who are blind.”

 

Throughout the month of May, pet owners can visit any of PETCO’s more than 950 locations nationwide, as well as many independent pet stores, and buy specially marked bags of Natural Balance dog food with Paula Abdul’s picture on them, to donate 50 cents of the purchase price to participating guide dog schools.  PETCO shoppers can also “round up” their purchases at the register to donate the difference to the cause, or make donations directly online at PETCO.com.

 

“Having Paula Abdul, a huge animal lover, as our spokesperson will help us get the message out to raise money to match people who are visually impaired and in need of these amazing guide dogs,” said Dick Van Patten of Natural Balance Pet Foods.

 

You can learn more about guide dogs by visiting Guide Dogs for the Blind.  They’re just one of the guide dog organizations that trains these amazing dogs to work with the blind but they’ve been in existence since 1942.

 

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May 11, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , , , ,

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