Southeastern Guide Dogs

Thompson Cigar is thrilled to support Southeastern Guide Dogs!

Want to make a profound difference in someone's life? It's as easy as purchasing empty cigar boxes! Thompson Cigar is donating proceeds from the sales of our empty cigar boxes to help support Southeastern Guide Dogs, a world-class guide dog training facility. Southeastern Guide Dogs provides service dogs to allow the visually impaired mobility and independence, Veteran Service dogs to comfort veterans living with post-traumatic stress, along with a variety of other noble duties.

Facts about Southeastern Guide Dogs:

  • Since 1982, they’ve matched, trained and supported more than 2,800 guide dog teams throughout the 48 contiguous states
  • It costs $60,000 to breed, whelp, raise, train, match, and provide lifetime follow-up care for each guide dog team, but the recipients of service animals pay nothing
  • Students and their dogs attend a 26-day intensive in-residence training period at Southeastern Guide Dogs’ 35-acre campus in Palmetto, FL
  • The public are invited to help with the training process through Puppy Hugging where visitors are invited to come to the campus to spend time with 6-9 week old puppies to help with their socialization
  • Exceptional dogs not suitable for guide work are placed into alternate careers that benefit veterans who live with post-traumatic stress. Gaining confidence from these dogs, veterans expand their lives, regain mobility and independence, and re-integrate into their communities.
  • Facility Therapy dogs are placed at major military hospitals to spread cheer and encouragement and help wounded warriors heal from their injuries.

Please help us support this amazing organization by purchasing our empty cigar boxes which are perfect as a spare humidor, a place to store school or craft supplies, a planter for your next dried flower arrangement, or simply a catch-all for change, golf pencils and tees. Feeling ambitious? Try your hand at creating a Cigar Box Guitar! Check out Pinterest for more great ideas on how to use empty cigar boxes.

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