Regina, SK – June 5, 2019 – Karen and Andrew Hanlon who run the CNIB Guide Dog program arrived on Monday, with puppy in training, Pepper, in tow to recruit Regina Puppy Raisers and prepare them for the arrival of puppies.
In March, CNIB put out a call for Volunteer Puppy Raisers in Regina and 55 people responded and 10 have made the shortlist.
"We are excited by the response for volunteers in Regina. Now comes the part where we make sure the volunteers really understand the commitment they are making and begin to teach them what they need to know in preparation for the arrival of the puppies in August," said Karen.
Volunteer Puppy Raisers take a puppy into their home from the age of eight weeks to about 12 to 15 months of age, when formal guide dog training begins. The Puppy Raiser's role is to provide a loving home to a puppy in training and to help prepare the pup through supervised obedience and socialization skills program overseen by CNIB. All costs will be covered by CNIB.
Today (June 5) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at CNIB located 2160 Broad Street a Volunteer Puppy Raising Training Session will take place. The media is invited to attend and interviews can take place (from 1:45- 2:00 p.m.) or after the session.
"We will guide them every step of the way with the goal of graduating the puppies from the program," said Andrew.
There are 14,300 blind and partially sighted people in Saskatchewan. For some, a guide dog provides an unparalleled level of mobility, freedom and confidence —opening up the world in a whole new way.
“I was lucky enough to receive one of the first graduate guide dogs from this program and my experience has been amazing. I am happy this program is expanding so other people with vision loss can experience this life changing gift of freedom and independence,” said Ashley Nemeth, guide dog handler and advocacy lead for CNIB Foundation Saskatchewan.
The CNIB Foundation Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower Saskatchewan residents impacted by blindness to live their dreams while tearing down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners in communities across Saskatchewan. To learn more or get involved, visit cnib.ca/Saskatchewan.
For more information, please contact:
Jackie Lay, Program Lead, Communications and Outreach, CNIB Foundation Saskatchewan, C: 306-540-3086 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org