As one of television’s most beloved fathers he cared for his large family each week on Eight is Enough, and in real life actor Dick Van Patten’s nurturing nature has led the star to care for canines through his line of Natural Balance pet food and its annual fundraiser for American organizations which support or train service dogs.
This year Natural Balance Pet Foods, in partnership with Petco, is celebrating National Service Dog Month throughout the month of September by raising funds and awareness of all service dogs and the country’s first ever national monument honoring Military Working Dogs, which will be dedicated in 2013.
“Guide dogs and Military Working Dogs are heroes, providing safe mobility, loving companionship and restoring confidence to their handlers. At least 10 million Americans live with vision loss and guide dogs are their precious lifelines to the world. Military Working Dogs support the war on terror, safeguard military bases and activities, and detect explosives before they inflict harm,” said Dick Van Patten of Natural Balance Pet Foods. “This year, we hope to raise $1 million to help these incredible guide dogs and Military Working Dogs for their important work.”
Through September 22nd, all funds from contributions made at any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at www.petco.com will benefit service dog organizations. In addition, proceeds from the purchase of 12 oz. Limited Edition Natural Balance Jerky Bars Treats at Petco will benefit the service dog monument at Lackland Air Force Base.
In addition, Petco and Natural Balance are proud to support the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, which is currently in the early stages of legislation. The Act is sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and supported by the ASPCA, Military Working Dog Adoptions, Natural Balance and Petco. The act would classify Military Working Dogs as canine members of the Armed Forces instead of equipment. The act would also extend certain benefits to retired Military Working Dogs, including the creation of a military decoration to be awarded to Military Working Dogs killed in action or perform especially courageous acts while in service to the United States. To read about the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act please visit: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2134
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