Nylabone Donates One Year’s Worth of Chew Toys to Guide Dog Foundation and 
America’s VetDogs’ Assistance Dogs in Training

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK, April 27, 2022 – The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs are excited to announce a partnership with Nylabone, an iconic brand in the Central Garden & Pet Company portfolio (Nasdaq: CENT) (Nasdaq: CENTA), and industry-leading creator of innovative dog chew toys, chew treats, dental solutions, and play toys since 1955. As part of the collaboration, Nylabone donated more than 900 chew toys for future service and guide dogs training to assist individuals with disabilities. The donation was made through Nylabone’s philanthropic arm, Nylabone Cares.

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs are sister organizations dedicated to the well-being of both animals and people. The sister 501(c)(3), nonprofit organizations train and place assistance dogs, preparing them to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to individuals who are blind or have low vision, and to veterans and first responders with disabilities.

“Every dog needs loving support, especially those who are training to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities,” said Glen S. Axelrod, President and CEO of Nylabone. “We’re proud to give these hard-working assistance dogs a way to relax throughout training, and we’re just as proud to honor the Guide Dog Foundation for their long-standing dedication to these animals.”

Nylabone’s chew toy donations offer dogs comfort during their rigorous service animal training program. Chewing is a natural activity for canines that helps ease stress and anxiety, and these chew toys are helping future service animals provide the same relief for their human companions.

“We are beyond thankful for the continuous support Nylabone gives to both our organizations,” said John Miller, President and CEO, Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. “The health and mental well-being of our dogs in all stages of their life is of upmost importance to us. With Nylabone’s chew toy donations, our future assistance dogs are able to unwind and relax with a safe and reliable toy after a day of training.”

Nylabone’s contribution supports Central Garden & Pet’s Impact strategy, which is dedicated to making positive changes through philanthropic work, focusing on community health, employee well-being, and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about America’s VetDogs or the Guide Dog Foundation by visiting VetDogs.org or GuideDog.org.