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If you’ve decided to sponsor a guide dog… good for you!

Not only will you be giving to a worthwhile charity, the Guide Dog Association for the Blind, you’ll also be helping someone who struggles with their sight to improve their independence, mobility and overall quality of life.

Did you know that the Guide Dog Association for the Blind breeds over 1,000 puppies each year for the purposes of becoming guide dogs? Those puppies spend their first year with volunteers who initially help to raise them before they spend a further six months working with specialists to learn the skills necessary to be able to work with blind, visually-impaired and partially-sighted people. Your sponsorship will help to maintain that honourable tradition which costs about £21,000 over the lifetime of each guide dog. The working life of a guide dog is only about six or seven years, so each blind person may have several guide dogs during their lifetime.

The Guide Dog Association has training schools in Redbridge, Leamington, Bolton and Forfar, a Breeding Centre near Leamington, and 28 district teams across the UK. They employ over 800 professional staff and a team of more than 10,000 volunteers.

How Much Sponsorship Costs

You can sponsor a guide dog puppy from as little as a pound a week (the direct debit minimum is £4.33 per month) or make a single credit card payment of £104. In return for your puppy sponsorship, you’ll get regular “pupdates” which include information on how well your puppy is doing with its training and little snippets of knowledge such as which is its favourite pet. You’ll also be sent photos and a photo album to keep them in, videos and a personalised certificate of sponsorhip. Once a year you’ll get a puppy calendar too. The whole time you’ll know that you’re helping to pay the cost of training the puppy to be a new guide dog for someone with visual difficulties.

Give A Sponsorship As A Gift

If you’d like to, you can sponsor a guide dog as a gift. How it works is that you make the donation, but nominate someone to receive the “pupdates”, photos, videos and calendar. It’s a novel and interesting gift which will get to get the recipient interested in guide dogs in particular and charitable giving in general. Your donation to sponsor a guide dog puppy will help to continue the wonderful work the Guide Dog Association for the Blind charity does.

Dog Charity Campaigns

There are several campaigns that dog charities are currently running which represent a great way to get involved and help make the UK safer for guide dogs and their owners. Firstly, there’s the campaign for compulsory microchipping of all dogs which seeks to have all dogs micro-chipped, thereby allowing owner information to be easily accessed and making dog owners more acountable. It’s hoped that this measure will decrease the number of attacks on guide dogs. Secondly, there’s the campaign for safer streets which wants to make the streets of Britain safer for guide dogs and their owners. There’s also a campaign against VAT being added to guide dog food which, for some odd reason, are not classed as “working dogs”, and are therefore not excempt from VAT on their food.