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Posted by Linda

I love how excited my dogs are when I get home from work – you can understand why they are called a ‘man’s best friend’! It made me think about how important this relationship must be between a person and their guide dog.

Did you know that there are currently over 5,000 guide dogs assisting blind or partially sighted people in the UK? I had no idea, so I tried to find out a little bit more about them from the leading charity Guide Dogs.

It’s shocking to think that one person becomes blind in the UK every hour. Not only are guide dogs wonderful company but they also give their owners much-needed and in some cases much-missed independence.

Daily tasks that many of us take for granted simply wouldn’t be possible without these highly trained and caring animals. It takes over 2 years to train a guide dog – not only do they have to learn the basic commands and social skills like other puppies, they then have to go to a guide dog training school to learn how to safely guide and support their future owner.  

It costs over £50,000 to train a guide dog, and they are normally matched with an owner when they are around 20 months old. It’s a huge responsibility and very moving to think of the impact these loyal animals can have.

Guide Dogs do not receive any government funding and rely entirely on donations. Everyone at Want2Donate thinks that the work they do is amazing, and the fact that you can sponsor a puppy for as little as £1 a week shows what a huge difference we can make through charitable giving.

There are other ways to support Guide Dogs too, such as buying gifts from their online shop, Dogalogue - sadly we can’t take any credit for that pun, it’s all theirs! They have some really lovely gifts for the dogs AND the humans in your life – definitely worth a look.

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