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National Pet Week event raising money for Saint Francis Service Dogs

Saint Francis Service Dogs Graduation Not a Dry Eye Anywhere. (Image 1) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  It's National Pet Week. It was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This week is dedicated to celebrating America's more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year.

Roanoke area businesses are teaming up to raise money and awareness for Saint Francis Service Dogs. A three-night fundraiser with the Salem Red Sox kicks off Monday night. You'll have a chance to meet and greet some of the Service Dogs, and learn more about the Saint Francis program as well as the "Pet" projects of the partners.

During the ball games, hot dogs will be sold for just $2.00 and the partners will contribute $1.00 for every hot dog* purchased during the games. It takes two years and costs up to $25,000 to train one service dog. Saint Francis absorbs this cost and does not charge for service dogs, so the partners are encouraging everyone who attends these Red Sox home games to eat lots of hot dogs.