Originally founded in 1979 to provide mobility training and guide dogs, the charity has been in operation only on a limited basis. During 2002, The Seeing Dogs Alliance (registered charity number 1156790) was relaunched with the sole aim of providing an alternative source of dogs to guide blind people. Guide Dog Owners and their families are running the charity. All seeing dogs and seeing dog puppies are being raised and trained whilst living in a home environment.
For 70 years blind people in the UK had only one source of guide dogs. Now another option is available: The Seeing Dogs Alliance provides a choice. The Seeing Dogs Alliance would be pleased to hear from anyone wanting to achieve or maintain personal mobility with a professionally trained dog, whilst remaining truly independent.
The Seeing Dogs Alliance anticipates that demand will exceed supply in these early days. However, more can be achieved as funding increases. The aim is to provide fully trained dogs and personalised tuition for new owners, in order to build effective partnerships. Training is carried out in the home area with back-up facilities arranged as required. The Seeing Dogs Alliance strongly believes that the charitable funds should be focused on the provision of seeing dogs, whose upkeep and welfare will thereafter be the responsibility of their new owners.
As a simple, charitable enterprise we do not receive any State support, so our prime need is for funds. We wish to establish a volunteer workforce to raise money, spread the word, seek sponsorship (in cash and kind) and to rear and socialise puppies and adult dogs. If you are interested in helping, then join us at this exciting time. Please either: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01483 765556 or complete our online form here.
Donating a Puppy to The Seeing Dogs Alliance
The Seeing Dogs Alliance trains Seeing Dogs to guide blind people, helping them to achieve greater personal mobility and independence. The dogs are trained by qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructors, who also train and support their blind owners. Before this training, the puppies live with volunteer puppy rearers, who fully socialise them and teach basic obedience, appropriate for Seeing Dogs. Throughout their lives, all puppies and dogs live in home environments, cared for and loved as part of their families. The Seeing Dogs Alliance is totally reliant on public gifts and donations, and does not receive any government funding. If you are interested in helping us by donating a puppy, please read on…