Celebrating 2020 International Guide Dog Day
Guide Dog Users of Canada would like to wish everyone a very happy International Guide Dog Day.
The last Wednesday of April each year is a time when we can increase awareness about the wonderful things that guide dogs do for us, such as guiding thousands of blind or visually impaired people around the world safely wherever they want to go. The freedom and independence of having a guide dog at your side is so amazing, and knowing you aren't alone gives you the confidence to just pick up and go.
Secondly, the day provides the opportunity for us to tip our hats to everyone who has anything to do with turning those silly pups into responsible, well-mannered guide dogs. It all starts with those wonderful dedicated puppy raisers who take the dogs into their homes and work with them until they head to the training centre.
It also gives us the chance to remind everyone that the best thing to do when you meet someone with a guide dog is to ask the person whether it’s convenient for you to say hello to the guide dog. Attempting to attract the dog’s attention by making eye contact, clucking your tongue, or offering a treat is not only uncool … it’s also potentially very dangerous.
Did you know? Currently, there are 1043 working guide dog teams across Canada. Of those, 501 were trained at Schools in the United States. The other 542 teams are graduates of the 5 Canadian guide dog Schools.
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Guide dog teams across Canada need your help! Your gift provides needed medical services to guide dogs nationwide, allows us to subsidize our annual conferences, increases peer support opportunities for guide dog handlers, facilitates public education programs, and enables advocacy initiatives throughout the country. With your help, GDUC can continue to improve the lives of guide dogs and their handlers!
Our 2018 Financial Statements are available to give you an idea of how much money we bring in, and what it costs to operate the organization on an annual basis.
Ways You Can Support GDUC
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Please make all cheques payable to Guide Dog Users of Canada and mail them to:
Guide Dog Users of canada
2936 Wildwood Drive
Windsor, ON N8R 1Z5
Please insure that your email address is included so that we may provide you with an official charitable receipt for income tax purposes. If you wish your gift to be used for a specific fund, indicate this on the memo line of the cheque, or in an enclosed note.
Guide Dog Users of Canada is a registered charitable organization (CRA Registration #869175190 RR0001), and official charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Donations made online through CanadaHelps will be immediately receipted electronically.
Volunteer Your Time and Skills
GDUC holds a conference and AGM each year in September. in 2019 our event was held at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre from September 19-22. Volunteers were instrumental in assisting participants and performing other tasks. Please Contact Us to find out about this year's event and other volunteer opportunities.