Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Toowoomba residents who contributed a significant $1,258 to the Pet Foundation’s National Seeing Eye Dog Appeal, 13 playful puppies will be able to receive special training to provide assistance to Australians who are blind or have low vision.
The Seeing Eye Dog Appeal, which ran for a total of six weeks, raised a massive $679,240 across all Petbarn stores nationally.
David Speyer, General Manager Commercial and National Services, says he is absolutely thrilled with the result of this year’s fundraising campaign.
“I am truly blown away by the generosity of the Toowoomba community and on behalf of Seeing Eye Dogs would like to thank them for digging deep and supporting this worthy cause. It is because of their efforts that we are able to train these special puppies to become Seeing Eye Dogs,” said Speyer.
“It costs up to $50,000 and takes up to two years of intensive training for one Seeing Eye Dog to graduate. The first year focuses on basic training and socialisation in many different environments, then dogs begin their 16 to 20 week formal training program,” Speyer continued.
“It really does take a lot of time, love, patience and money to raise these special working dogs that will one day become the gift of independence for 13 Australians who are blind or have very low vision,” he said.
Thank you Toowoomba!