This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
Sponsoring A Guide Dog Puppy
Since 1931, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has worked to provide vital support and facilities to blind and partially-sighted people, with the aim of enabling them to lead free and independent lives. Central to this aim is the sourcing, training and provision of Guide Dogs which fulfil the roles of both guide and companion to their human friends. There are around 5000 Guide Dogs in active service at any time in the United Kingdom; however, the job of training tomorrow’s Guide Dogs is a never-ending, if hugely rewarding, endeavour.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a registered charity and receives no financial assistance from the Government. The £28,000 which it costs to train just one puppy is sourced from voluntary donations, legacies, fundraising activities and through a sponsorship scheme which is a fantastic way for people of all ages and from all backgrounds to get involved in something really special.
Sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy is really easy. All of the information you will need is available on the Guide Dogs website, where you can see which puppies are currently available for sponsorship and learn more about what your money will be helping to achieve. By clicking on the ‘sponsor a puppy’ button and completing your details online, you will be on your way to making an amazing difference to someone’s life. The only hard part is choosing which puppy to sponsor- they’re all so adorable!
How Your Puppy Sponsorship Helps
Your sponsorship will help fund every aspect of your puppy’s development, from the basics such as puppy food to veterinary bills and the training itself. It takes two years to train a Guide Dog, and during this period you can expect to receive regular ‘Pupdates’ with photos to show you how your puppy is progressing with his or her training.
The easiest way to pay for your sponsorship is by monthly Direct Debit, which costs as little as £5 a month. You can also claim Gift Aid on your donations, which means that even more money goes towards training your chosen puppy, at no extra cost to you. When you register you will receive a welcome pack which includes a certificate, an exclusive calendar, a photo of your chosen puppy, a window sticker and a photo album. Gift and group sponsorships are also available.
Start your sponsorship today and you’ll discover how rewarding sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy can be!