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Nicollette Sheridan raising awareness for guide dogs

Actress Nicollette Sheridan has teamed up with PETCO and Natural Balance Pet Foods to help raise money for National Guide Dog Awareness Month, reports.

For every bag of the specially marked food from Natural Balance that is purchased at PETCO, one dollar is donated to guide dog charities. Additional donations can also be made online or at PETCO stores. They hope raise $1 million by the end of the month.

"I just thought this was such a special, wonderful way to help out," she told the news source. "To be able to give somebody the gift of guidance through life with a furry companion that is just filled with love and compassion and kindness, that's a really beautiful thing."

Sheridan had been meeting with guide dog trainers and learning what it takes to train a puppy to become a seeing eye dog. She hopes to encourage others to get involved with seeing eye dogs, but notes that it can be an expensive process to train them.

"It takes two years to train the puppies, and a total of $40,000. A lot of people can't afford that miracle of independence," she told the news provider.

According to Guide Dogs of America, the breeds used most often as guide dogs are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.
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