The for the Blind Association (“Guide Dogs”) is one of the UK’s best-known, and best-loved, charities. Guide dogs have been bringing independence and mobility to blind and partially-sighted people for over 80 years.
There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life.
Each year Guide Dogs breeds more than 1,300 puppies, which spend their first year in the homes of volunteers, before working with specialist trainers who teach them the skills needed to guide a visually-impaired person. This takes about six months, including several weeks’ training with the new owner. A guide dog has a working life of around five to six years, and it’s not unusual for someone to have five or more dogs over their lifetime.
There are a number of ways you can get involved and help.
- Volunteering for Guide Dogs
- Rehoming a guide dog
- Choose Guide Dogs as your corporate partner