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Visit these seriously cute paws for a great cause
Come along to see some seriously cute paws with a seriously important cause at the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia Open Day, 11am to 3pm on Saturday 14 March.
Located just 2km north-west of Melbourne's CBD in Kensington, you'll get a tour of the newly built state-of-the-art kennels and breeding facility, and also learn what it takes to make the cut for these adorable undergrads, with training and obedience demonstrations from Seeing Eye Dogs Australia experts.
You'll also get to see the P-plater puppies relaxing in the Puppy Play Centre; delightful for spectators and much deserved after all their hard work, after all, they are just babies! Take the opportunity to support their learning and development, and help make an incredible difference to the life of a person with low vision or blindness, by purchasing fundraising merchandise and raffle tickets at the Open Day. There will also be a barbeque, coffee van and lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy.
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia relies on the generosity of Australians to fund its programs and services.
It costs a staggering $35,000 to breed, raise, feed, train, maintain, equip and eventually match each seeing eye dog with their owner. Seeing eye dogs bring the gift of freedom and independence to Australians with blindness or low vision. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia is the only national breeder, trainer and provider of these special working dogs.
Puppies are placed with volunteer Puppy Carer families for the first year of their life, and everyone involved in raising them goes through special training to ensure the pup learns to be confident and well behaved in all kinds of different situations.
Puppies are placed with volunteer Puppy Carer families for the first 12 months or so of their life.
When it comes time to match a seeing eye dog with their life-long owner, an initial four-week training program is undertaken, followed by a week of in-home training to get them working really well as a team. But it doesn't stop there; Seeing Eye Dogs Australia continues to visit and provide follow-up support as needed, as well as medication for the lifetime of the dog, such as heartworm and flea treatments.
All costs throughout each stage in the seeing eye dog program are covered by Seeing Eye Dogs Australia - all veterinary checks, vaccinations, food, training, microchipping and equipment. So get along to Seeing Eye Dogs Australia's Open Day and support the essential work of this not-for-profit that is making a great difference to the lives of Australians with blindness and low vision. If you can't make it, you can always make a donation.