Vol­lies needed to help eye dogs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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