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Autism Support Dogs to be TV charity Feb. 12-13.
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Autism Support Dogs, a companion charity to BC Guide Dog Services, is pleased to thank Variety – The Children’s Charity, for their significant financial support from the 2010 Variety Show of Hearts Telethon.

Variety – The Children’s Charity contributed $50,000 towards the funding of four autism support dogs last year.

Breeding, raising, training, and placing one dog costs about $37,000, so the gift covered one-third of the cost of each of these dogs.

“Thanks to the help from last year’s Telethon, we had our best year so far, placing a total of seven dogs with qualified families,” said William Thornton, CEO of Autism Support Dogs.

“We’re the only one of our kind in Western Canada, and we have a quickly-growing waiting list of families who would really benefit from the help our dogs provide. Without the support of Variety – The Children’s Charity, this list would have been even longer than it already is.”

The recipient families, volunteers and staff at Autism Support Dogs are looking forward to this year’s telethon with excitement, and hope that viewers donate generously to the campaign.

“There are so many great charities that are funded by Variety – The Children’s Charity, and we really hope that the public watch this year’s event and give from their hearts in order to support them all,” said Thornton.

“We wish the Telethon every success again this year.”

Tune into the Variety Show of Hearts on Global BC at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13 and call 310-KIDS or visit to donate.

Your donation will help Variety continue to help both children with needs and the organizations that support them throughout BC.

Autism Support Dogs is based in Ladner. For more information, visit