AIS want to make a difference to the community we live in. Each year AIS and our staff sponsor the training of a guide dog which ultimately helps the vision impaired in our community.
Both AIS and our staff individually contribute to the costs of training a guide dog each year.
Guide Dogs Victoria helps blind and vision impaired people to travel their own life journey with a sense of safety, fulfilment and independence by providing a comprehensive range of mobility services to individuals aged from 5 to 95 years.
Mobility training services include Guide Dog Mobility, Orientation and Mobility, Children’s Mobility, Acquired Brain Injury Mobility and Occupational Therapy.
Operating since 1957, Guide Dogs Victoria’s services are provided free of charge to blind and vision impaired people right across Victoria and with less than 9% government funding, your support is vital in the continued provision of these programs.
Because the criteria are so complex only around 50% of trainee guide dogs pass their test after a year’s intensive training. The training is intensive with essential criteria necessary to ensure the personal safety of the future vision impaired handler.
AIS have now funded the following Guide Dog puppies:
- 2009 – Angus
- 2010 – Robbie
- 2011 – Sheik
- 2012 – Rowena
- 2013 – Oliver
- 2014 – Luka
- 2015 – Hugh
- 2016 – Winston
- 2017 – Ian
AIS will continue to fund the raising of a puppy each year during their first 12 months, after which they will enter the formal Guide Dog training program.
If you would like more information or to contribute to this worthwhile cause, visit Guide Dogs Victoria.