Guide Dogs For The Blind
Today I wanted to highlight one of my favourite dog charities Dogalogue which supports Guide Dogs For the Blind.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to train and support a guide dog?
I went to the Official Guide Dogs site to find out this information and this is a direct quote.
It costs Guide Dogs around £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement.
How Guide Dogs For The Blind Spend Money That Has Been Donated.
- £5 can support a working guide dog for a day.
- £25 can buy a white harness, the iconic symbol of a fully qualified guide dog.
- £95 can buy a Training School Kit for a guide dog trainer who teach pups the specialist skills they will need to become a qualified guide dog
- .£140 can buy a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner containing everything they need to start a life with their new guide dog.
So although the cost of supporting a guide dog is huge, every penny makes a difference. Just by spending a few pounds on a gift for someone, you have helped a great deal.
The website has a dedicated page for people who want to actively support the charity. They list fundraising, sponsoring a puppy, rehoming a guide dog and donating to name but a few.
When you read the inspiring stories on the Guide Dogs website you will see just how the dogs have changed lives. For example, little Nell was born with glaucoma, an eye condition which left her totally blind and in constant pain. As a one-and-a-half-year-old, Nell was referred to Habilitation Specialist, Branwen Jones. As a mobility expert from Guide Dogs, He was the first specialist support the family received. H|e works with Nell and her family to build confidence, acquire skills to enable her to use a cane and become as independent as possible.
This is an amazing website to visit if you love dogs. It is wonderful to see all the smiling faces who have been helped by Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.
One Guide Dog owner says:
“Living with a Guide Dog is always having your left-hand man close by. It’s never having to ask one of the family to nip to the shop, it’s taking your dog to work, it’s knowing people are smiling at you when they watch us work. It’s trusting him to keep me safe, it’s heading out into a sighted world with nothing to fear and a spring in the step.