ANYONE CAN HELP CHANGE A LIFE!
(October 1, 2019), Palmetto, FL—Every guide and service dog begins life as an adorable puppy. Now, for a small amount—as little as $19 per dog, per month—an individual can sponsor a puppyand follow their exciting two-year journey as they grow up to transform the life of someone who needs them. After 24 months of training, a puppy may graduate as a guide dog for someone with vision loss; a service dog for a veteran with a disability; or a skilled companion dog for a child with significant challenges.
The Sponsor a Puppy program was created as a fun, unique and rewarding way to support the extraordinary partnerships forged between our working dogs and the people who need them. Southeastern Guide Dogs receives no government funding and relies upon donations to deliver the gifts of freedom, dignity and hope—offering dogs to the recipients at no cost. We breed, raise and train elite working dogs and follow up with their handlers—our alumni—for the life of the team.
A donor can choose to sponsor a puppy (or multiple puppies) for themselves or as a gift for another puppy lover, such as a grandchild or a friend. After selecting “their” puppy, sponsors follow the path from puppy preschool to kindergarten; to life with a volunteer puppy raiser; classes with a certified trainer in Canine University; and ultimately, to the unique pairing with a handler. Regular Pupdateswill provide engaging progress reports and photos of dogs-in-training as each one matures and learns.
A pair of precious Labrador retrievers named Cricket and Charlie are the first puppies in the program. People may choose to sponsor one or both of these adorable future superheroes.
“Sponsor a Puppy represents an opportunity to add another tool to our fundraising toolbox so that we may continue to increase our high-level services to students and alumni,” said CEO Titus Herman. “The campaign will raise awareness of our life changing mission, help expand our funding base and enable us to continue to grow our programs. Truly, every puppy counts and every single sponsorship will make a real difference.”
For questions about Sponsor a Puppy and to sign up for this heartwarming program, visit www.guidedogs.org/puppy
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About Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. We breed, raise, and train guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. We provide our premier dogs and lifetime follow-up services at no cost, without any government funding. www.guidedogs.org