If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life. And there’s no need to think you’ll never get one, because we’re committed to providing this amazing opportunity to as many people as possible.
Starting in 1931, Guide Dogs is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. And thanks to their dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters they have helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence.
Did you know:
- There’s no upper age limit. People in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have become successful guide dog owners. We’ve also removed the lower age limit for guide dog ownership and are now working with children and young people under the age of 16.
- Guide dogs aren’t just for the blind. You don’t need to have lost all your sight, most people who own a guide dog still have some vision. You don’t have to be officially registered as blind or partially-sighted either.
- You don’t need to worry about the cost of keeping a dog. We provide all the essential equipment free of charge and we’ll provide you with financial assistance if needed for things like food or veterinary costs.
- All training is provided. No previous experience of keeping or caring for a dog is necessary. If you are committed and able enough to support and care for a guide dog, our training will teach you all you need to know.
Buddy Dogs matches specially selected dogs and places them within a school, organisation or family environment for the benefit of blind or partially sighted children and young people. They are guide dogs that haven’t qualified to work as mobility assistance dogs but can improve the quality of life of blind and partially sighted children by contributing to sensory and physical development, enhancing their confidence and self esteem, countering isolation and depression, increasing levels of exercise and improving their communication and mobility skills. In some cases a buddy dog can help to assess whether a young person could benefit from a guide dog in the future.
Dual Purpose Dogs
Dual purpose dogs are specifically trained to meet the needs of people who have a significant hearing impairment and are blind or partially sighted. If you have difficulty getting around due to your sight, and you have moderate to profound hearing loss that prevents you hearing everyday sounds in your home, then you could benefit from a dual purpose dog. As well as assisting with mobility, these dogs can alert owners to sounds in their home such as the smoke alarm, doorbell, oven timer and alarm clock.
Our office in Peterborough consists of a team of 22 staff covering the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. We have around 240 guide dog owners at any time. The Peterborough Mobility Team are here to help and if we cannot help you directly, we will do what we can to work with other service providers in the area to meet your needs.
If you think Guide Dogs could help you or someone you know, or you would like to know more about how you can support their work please get in touch using the details below.
0845 372 7425