FDC is due to commence a pro bona project for the Guide Dogs Centre in the coming weeks. This project will include an extension and refurbishment of one of the main puppy breeding and rearing blocks.
On Sunday, 26th August, FDC attended the Guide Dogs Centre’s annual open day at Glossodia, which was held in order to raise awareness of the Centre’s services and the urgent need for volunteers to raise the puppies across Sydney. Visitors had an opportunity to have their photos taken with guide dog puppies, learn about puppy raising and watch guide dog demonstrations to learn what is involved in each stage of the training process.
It costs $30,000 and takes two years to raise and train each guide dog. The puppies live with the volunteer carers from 8 weeks to 14 months old before being assessed for guide dog training. Visitors also learnt about vision loss and undertook a blindfold challenge to experience how a long cane can assist with independence.
The building project should be completed by December 2012. For more information about NSW Guide Dogs please click here.