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'Name a Pup' and fund a dog for the blind

Eight-week-old puppies, 'Chiro', 'Sparky' and 'Slugger', await their

Eight-week-old puppies, 'Chiro', 'Sparky' and 'Slugger', await their turn to be placed with host families to be raised. The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Suffolk County is training two therapy dogs to go to Iraq and serve with troops in Tikrit. Unlike most military dogs, the job of these dogs is to provide comfort to the troops. (June 2007) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan, 2007

Long Island businesses are invited to improve their canine public-relations status by participating in the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind's "Name a Pup" Challenge.

“How about commemorating a business, school, or service organization?,” the Smithtown-based foundation asks.

The group is is looking for a few more (actually about 50 more) businesses, individuals or organizations willing to raise the $6,000 needed to provide a trained guide dog to someone who is blind, visually impaired or has another disability.

The foundation’s fiscal year ends in June, and it had hoped to get 100 puppy sponsors – yet it has only about half that amount now.

“For their gift, sponsors choose the name of a puppy and help start a new chapter in the life of someone with disabilities.”

To learn more about the Name a Pup challenge visit the Guide Dog Foundation's website or Facebook page.

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