Vollies needed to help eye dogs
THE WA branch of Seeing Eye Dogs Australia has made an urgent appeal for volunteers to help care for trainee canines.
WA co-ordinator Greer Gerson said SEDA’s special dogs were experiencing a housing shortage in Perth and in urgent need of loving homes after school and on weekends, while they complete their advanced training.
Ms Gerson said time and love would help SEDA’s “incredibly clever dogs” become working Seeing Eye Dogs, who would transform the life of a blind client by providing them with independence and companionship.
“SEDA is the only national provider of seeing eye dogs and rely entirely on generous donations from the community,” she said. “It costs $35,000 to raise and train just one seeing eye dog and with a year-long wait list, there is increasing demand for their services.
“In a time where people’s financial budgets are stretched, this is a wonderful opportunity for people to get involved with the organisation, without having to contribute financially.”
Pups like Toby the Seeing Eye Dog need more Perth volunteers to care for them after school.