PETstock’s charity foundation, PETstock Assist, aims to raise $50,000 thismonth for Guide Dogs Australia to support the training that will help puppiesbecome life changing Guide Dogs.

With the help of pet parents across the country, dedicated PETstock teammembers and the support of generous supply partners, PETstock Assist isdonating to Guide Dogs Australia as part of their ongoing commitment tosupporting the charity organisation.

PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jessica Guilfoyle, says thedonation is all thanks to compassionate pet parents and PETstock’s retailpartners, including ADVANCE, PAW by Blackmores, KONG Company and NexGard.

“It is estimated there are 450,000 Australians who are blind or have lowvision.1 Together with the help of the pet community, PETstock Assist hopes toRaise a Guide Dog Change a Life with this $50,000 donation; the amountrequired to breed, raise, train, and match a suitable Guide Dog with a personwith blindness or low vision.

“PETstock Assist has been a proud partner of Guide Dogs Australia since 2014and we’re honoured to continue our support through this donation.”

Guide Dogs Australia National Corporate Partnerships Manager, Caroline Lee,says donations such as this allow Guide Dogs Australia to continue their worksupporting people with blindness and low vision to lead safe and independentlives.

“Guide Dogs Australia relies heavily on donations from the community to helpfund the majority of our important work,” Ms Lee said.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of PETstock and the broader community, sowe can continue to support people with blindness and low vision, allowing themto lead the life they choose.”

How you can help

  • Round up your purchase online or instore – every bit makes a difference
  • Donate to PETstock Assist online or via donation boxes instore nationally
  • Purchase specially marked products throughout June
  • Visit petstock.com.au/assist/raise-a-guide-dog-change-a-life to find out more about how to donate.

About Guide Dog training

  • It takes almost two years and more than $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place one Guide Dog.

Guide Dogs in public

  • A person with a Guide Dog in harness is legally allowed access in all public places and can go anywhere.
  • When working in harness, a Guide Dog should not be touched, fed or distracted from guiding its handler – remember, they’re hard at work! Interacting with a Guide Dog can detract from their work.
  • Avoid grabbing a person with a Guide Dog or the dog’s harness. First, ask the person if they need assistance.

For more information on the training process and access rights visit:
https://guidedogsaustralia.com/about-us/guide-dog-facts/

For more information on raising funds, sponsoring a pup, or volunteeringvisit: www.guidedogsaustralia.com/get-involved/ .

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