Sunday, March 18, 2012

News Update Facebook 'Likes' raise funds for seeing-eye dogs

A non-profit organization is running a campaign on social networking site Facebook to convert Likes into a guide dog for the blind.
Tech site Mashable reported that for every 5,000 Likes, will donate funding to train and gift a guide dog for the blind during the month of March.
“The hope is that the campaign will shine a light on the incredible bond between guide dogs and their owners, as well as create better awareness to help streamline the dog donation process and better serve the blind,” Mashable quoted an representative as saying.
It said's "Dog Bless You" hopes to garner 300,000 new Likes, to fund the training of 60 seeing eye dogs through a partner guide dog organization.
“(Dogs) improve the human experience in amazing ways ... Seeing eye dogs are among the most dramatic examples of that,” Charlie Weingarten, founder and community curator of "Dog Bless You."
Mashable noted "Dog Bless You," a one-year-old network, has a fairly large community, with nearly 300,000 Likes to date.
Earlier "Dog Bless You" campaigns have paired service dogs with military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brought search and rescue dogs to Japan after the earthquake and supported dogs belonging to people who are homeless.
The latest campaign of "Dog Bless You" hopes it can both connect more visually impaired Americans with seeing eye dogs and build a stronger network of supporters. — TJD