This post was most recently updated on March 16th, 2018
Would you like to sponsor a guide dog? Great! Not only will you be donating to a great charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind, you’ll also help someone who’s partially sighted or blind to improve their independence, mobility and overall quality of life.
The Guide Dogs charity in the UK breed over 1,000 puppies each year to train new guide dogs? Each blind person needs eight guide dogs on average in their lifetime. The puppies spend their first year with volunteers who help to train them. when they’re 12 months old, the puppies go on to spend a further six months of specialist training to learn the skills necessary to be able to work with blind, visually-impaired and partially-sighted people. Training a guide dog costs about £21,000 over the lifetime of each guide dog. The Guide Dogs charity 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.