On the small screen they portray part of a crime-solving team, and now CSI: Miami stars Eva LaRue and Omar Miller have joined the team of Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods®, PETCO™ and independent pet stores for a month-long salute to service dogs.
September is National Guide Dog Month, and pet parents can participate in the tribute by making a contribution at the register of any of PETCO’s more than 1,100 locations across America, or online at www.petco.com/guidedogs. A $1 donation will also be made from of the purchase price from specially marked bags of Natural Balance, and consumers can ’round up’ their purchases at the checkout counter. Each donation will bring Natural Balance one step closer to achieving their goal of raising $1 million for Guide Dog Schools in the U.S.
Following in the footsteps of previous high-profile supporters as Paula Abdul and Nicollette Sheridan, Eva LaRue and Omar Miller have taken on the role of spokespersons for this year’s celebration of National Guide Dog Month. “We want people to realize that this is more than just a fundraiser for a good cause,” said Miller. “This is really about empowering the visually impaired with the life-changing gift of a guide dog. Guide dogs and training are provided at no cost to qualified applicants who are blind or visually impaired. With 10 million visually impaired people in the U.S., the demand for guide dogs continues to grow.”
“Every seven minutes someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired,” said LaRue. “Guide dogs are heroes, providing safe mobility, loving companionship and restoring confidence to their handlers.”
LaRue’s and Miller’s commitment to the cause began before the start of National Guide Dog Month. In August the actors attended a Guide Dogs for the Blind ceremony in San Francisco.
All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the following guide dog training facilities:
- 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
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