Finding the perfect pet to add to our family was no easy task. We visited pet stores and pet adoption centers and events in hopes of being able to find our perfect companion, which unexpectedly came to be two companions. That's a story for another time. What if your life depended on having the perfect pet companion? Developing a close personal relationship with a trained guide dog is a more complex relationship than one could ever imagine. The safety and well-being of visually impaired and blind people is the primary concern of trained guide dogs all across the country. During the month of September we celebrate National Guide Dog Month in honor of the dedicated guide dogs that faithfully serve countless acts of service to blind and visually impaired individuals every day.
Thank you to the team from Natural Balance for sponsoring this advertorial with informative content and promotional materials to raise public awareness.
National Guide Dog Month is a an annual time of celebration of and tribute to the trusted guide dogs serving the visually impaired community throughout North America. National Guide Dog Month is greatly inspired by Dick Van Patten, tremendously impressed by the demonstration of intelligence and intensive training of guide dogs. Following a visit to a local guide dog training school, Van Patten was blindfolded for a firsthand experience of how guide dogs provide mobility and assistance to visually impaired and blind people. Discovering the financial expenses, dedication and commitment required to raise and train guide dogs, he became inspired to help raise public awareness and support for the cause.
In celebration of National Guide Dog month during September, Natural Balance is partnering with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since its establishment in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has empowered the lives of many by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.
* Largest guide dog school in the country.
* Dedicated to providing high quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates.
* Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.
* Operate two training facilities in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR.
* More than 2,000 puppy raising families throughout the Western states.
* More than 14,000 teams have graduated since their founding.
* Approximately 2,200 active guide dog teams are currently in the field.
Meet some of the Guide Dogs for the Blind teams behind these inspiring guide dog success stories-