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Giving Bark Thursday

July 10, 2020

We all appreciate Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy, and at the Guide Dog Foundation, we define and celebrate independence in an additional way. For close to 75 years, the foundation has provided greater independence, enhanced mobility and companionship — free of charge — through our accredited guide dog training program. However, we need your help now more than ever.

Mark your calendar for July 9 as we host our first-ever  #GivingBarkThursday — a special 24-hour day of giving designed to help provide the increased mobility and independence that a guide dog offers. We need you to help mitigate the financial impact COVID-19 has had on the Guide Dog Foundation. On July 9, visit the foundation’s social media pages Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and share with your family and friends why you believe in and support the Guide Dog Foundation!

Here’s how you can help!

Print these coloring pages and color them in! On July 9, share your finished coloring page on your social media — dogs are encouraged to join in the fun — and make sure to tag @AmericasVetDogs and @WBALTVPuppy.

Join in for a special “Life with Rhonda” Q&A Zoom meeting at 1 p.m. July 9 with a VetDogs graduate and his service dog, Rhonda, to learn more about how service dogs make a positive impact on their handlers’ lives.

Share with your family and friends — let’s make this day go viral!

America’s VetDogs is the organization helping raise and train WBAL-TV’s Puppy with a Purpose, Brooks. Once trained, Brooks will be paired with a disabled veteran or first responder as a service dog to provide skills to assist them in their everyday lives. It costs America’s VetDogs $50,000 to raise, train and place a service dog with a veteran or first responder at no cost to that individual.

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