LAST week, outside IGA, in Foster there was a Seeing Eye Dog fundraising stand set up.
It’s been more than 55 years since the first school for training seeing eye dogs was established. Since then, Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs has become the only national breeder, trainer and supplier of seeing eye dogs.
It takes a lot of love and patience to raise these special dogs that will one day become the gift of independence for people who are blind or have low vision.
It also costs more than $50,000 and takes up to two years of intensive training for each seeing eye dog to graduate.
Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs do receive government funding, but only for a very small number of dogs, so the organisations’ work depends heavily on the goodwill and support of volunteers and donors for the entire process; from breeding and raising (puppy caring) to helping with dog training.
The clients are then matched with their new life-changing companion and Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs continues to provide ongoing care and follow-up.
For further information or to donate, please visit www.seeingeyedogs.org.au