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Media Release: Canadians continue to receive guide dogs during the pandemic

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind marked its 37th anniversary on January 12, 2021.  Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to have successfully created and supported over 900 guide dog teams over the years.  Despite the numerous unforeseen challenges, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind continued to successfully place guide dogs in 2020. This past year, they matched and partnered guide dog teams across the country, from British Columbia all the way to New Brunswick.  Canadians continue to receive guide dogs during the pandemic.

WireService.ca Media Release (01/02/2021)Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind marked its 37th anniversary on January 12, 2021.  Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to have successfully created and supported over 900 guide dog teams over the years.

They are a proudly Canadian organization that provides Canadian bred and trained guide dogs, changing the lives of Canadians by improving their safety, freedom, and independence. Their own well-established breeding program ensures a quantity and quality of dogs suitable to the job, and enables the continuance of producing and training guide dogs during the pandemic.  2020 also marked an exciting milestone, as Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind opened their new kennel on the property of their National Training Centre in Ottawa.  The state-of-the-art facility only enhances their service, and provides an even better home for the comfort of these incredible future guide dogs as they undergo training.

All of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind's funding comes from Canada, and is then spent here in Canada as they fulfill their mission.  They are a national charity that heavily relies on donations and does not receive any government funding.

Despite the numerous unforeseen challenges, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind continued to successfully place guide dogs in 2020.  This past year, they matched and partnered guide dog teams across the country, from British Columbia all the way to New Brunswick.  Understanding the need for their services, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind only restricted placement of new teams for the first two months of the pandemic while they strived to put in new procedures to keep everyone safe.  They continue to update their procedures as new information becomes available, and adhere to or exceed public health guidelines and laws.

Thanks to thirty-seven years of proven success, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has been able to continue with its mandate and ensure that Canadians who require guide dogs can still get them.

Sabine Laubental and Stella, from Victoria, British Columbia, is one of the guide dog teams who graduated in 2020.  Laubental says, "Stella has impacted my life in a very positive way. Stella and I often run errands together, going to the bank, grocery store, pet store and even downtown. She is really well behaved wherever we go, including on transit. We walk for more than an hour each day.  Not only is she a great companion but I am able to rely on her to move me safely around my community, thanks to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind."

There are other qualified Canadians like Laubental who are currently awaiting their guide dog, and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is eager to serve them, but they need your support to do so.  Whether you need to apply for a guide dog or would like to make a donation, please visit guidedogs.ca for more information.

For more information and photos regarding this media release, please contact:

Steven Doucette
Events Coordinator/Assistant to the C.O.O.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

Tel: (613) 692-7777     Fax: (613) 692-0650

Email: events@guidedogs.ca
Website: www.guidedogs.ca
4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, PO Box 280
Manotick, Ontario  K4M 1A3, Canada

Registered Charity No. 10684 6819 RR0001

 


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