Regina, SK – March 5, 2019 – If you’re a dog lover — specifically puppies — the CNIB has an interesting opportunity for you.
CNIB is seeking animal lovers in Regina who would like to be Puppy Raisers by taking 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.
“Not only does CNIB Guide Dogs foster independence for the handler the program is designed to provide a range of choices and services that individuals with sight loss told us they wanted,” said Christall Beaudry, executive director, CNIB Saskatchewan Division. “We are excited to launch this program expansion into Saskatchewan where have already had keen interest from clients and donors."
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. “I am also excited that raising awareness about the rights of guide dogs and their handlers is a central focus of this program.”
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