It is estimated that Americans will spend approximately $13 billion, that’s BILLION, with a B, on Valentine’s Day this year. While I admit it is really nice to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers, box of chocolates, and enjoy a nice night out, let’s see just what could be done if that $13 billion were used a different way.
With $13 billion, Southeastern Guide Dogs could breed, raise, train, place and provide follow-up care for more than 216,000 guide dog teams. Or we could feed more than 35,700,000 dogs-in-training for a year. Or $3,700,000+ people could have puppies-in-training named after them. Or we could purchase more than 43,000,000 guide dog harnesses and leashes. Wow!
To bring those numbers down to more feasible terms, the average American will spend $120 on Valentine’s Day. That same $120 will feed all of the dogs that are on campus for training for one day. Now that’s quite an impact just one person can have.
Want to share a heartwarming experience with your loved one on Valentine’s Day? How about treating them to puppy hugs and kisses? Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Palmetto campus will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Valentine’s Day for Puppy Hugging and Dog Walking. You and your significant other can come onto campus, spend some time with our puppies and then take a nice romantic walk with a guide dog-in-training around the bucolic Freedom Walk.
Want something tangible for your sweetie, but also want to do good? Shop at our gift shops – all the proceeds go to Southeastern’s mission whether you shop at the newly renovated Gift Shop on campus in Palmetto or stop by the unique pet boutique at Southeastern Guide Dogs – Sarasota, on Main Street.
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I’m going down to the Puppy Kennel for some puppy love!