Petco Foundation Invests in the Guide Dog Foundation Guide Dog Program


$10,000 grant will support efforts in providing guide dogs to those in need

Smithtown, NY (January 18, 2016) – The Guide Dog Foundation, a Smithtown, NY-based guide dog organization, today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its effort of providing highly trained guide dogs to those who are blind or have low vision. 

For over 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide increased independence, enhanced mobility, and constant companionship to people who are blind, have low vision or have other disabilities.  Guide Dog program participants are carefully teamed with a dog that best suits that person’s mobility, personality, lifestyle, and physical needs.  They attend a two-week in-residence training program held at the Foundation’s campus in Smithtown, New York.   Each participant receives individualized training relevant to their home environment and lifestyle. 

The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. During the campaign each October, customers are invited to donate in Petco stores across the country to support service and therapy animals and organizations.

“The Guide Dog Foundation is thankful to the Petco Foundation for its generous gift to support our mission of helping those who are blind or have low vision,” said Guide Dog Foundation CEO Wells B. Jones.  “We are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like Petco who answer the call to give again and again.”

About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org),  has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.