April 23, 2018 Photos by: Getty Images for Guiding Eyes for the Blind
The first ever cumulative virtual marathon will last throughout May and give you the perfect opportunity to rally your community to donate to a good cause!
For many people who are affected by vision loss, seeing eye dogs help make their everyday lives more comfortable and ensures they have their freedom and independence. But, getting a service dog is not always as straightforward as you might think, and the costs are not insignificant: it’s around $50,000 to breed, train, and support a seeing-eye dog.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service dogs to visually impaired people free of costs. To be able to do that, they need donations. But, what if you could help this non-profit by pledging to walk or run 26.2 miles with you pooch throughout May? This is the general idea of Wag-A-Thon, a virtual fundraising marathon for dog parents and their precious furballs.
To participate, you’ll need to sign up, make a pledge and your own fundraising page. There, you can notify your community about significant milestones, grace them with some sweaty selfies of you and your pooch from your long walks or runs, and rally them to donate or join in the fun! The goal is to “cross the finish line,” by walking 26.2 miles altogether from May 1st to May 31st, and, of course- raise funds.
The charitable walkers will be eligible to win various prizes from the organization, but I think the best reward is being able to give back. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the way to lend a hand is by spending some quality outdoors time with your furry best friend, and all that during the loveliest month of the year!
If you’re up for walking your doggo for a good cause, you’ll find all the information on how to participate at Guiding Eyes for the Blind website.
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she’s not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.