The Petbarn Foundation’s Seeing Eye Dogs Appeal raises vital funds to help cover the cost of breeding, caring for and training Seeing Eye Dogs to support as many Australians who are blind or have low vision as possible.
Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs is the only national provider of world-class bred and trained Seeing Eye Dogs. Our work depends heavily on the goodwill and support of our donors and volunteers to provide these life-changing companions.
It costs more than $50,000 and takes up to two years to train a single Seeing Eye Dog.
Since launching in 2014, the Appeal has already raised more than $4 million – that’s 80 six-legged partnerships that have been created with your help.
This July, we partnered with The Petbarn Foundation and Royal Canin to raise enough money to help breed, train and care for at least 15 Seeing Eye Dogs.
Why it's so important
Seeing Eye Dogs enable Australians who are blind or have low vision to retain their independence and mobility.
For people like Denise, a Seeing Eye Dog provides the confidence to get around safely, helps overcome social isolation and contributes to an all-round better quality of life.
More than 1500 Australians are estimated to require support from a Seeing Eye Dog at any one time.
With such a high demand, people in need can often be waiting more than a year before a suitable Seeing Eye Dog becomes available.
Matching a Seeing Eye Dog to a client is a critical part of the process to ensure they have a productive and happy life together. A client’s lifestyle and the personality of both the dog and the client are taken into consideration, and once the ideal match is found, the dog is specially trained to meet that client’s specific needs.
The more dogs we have, the more perfect partnerships we can create.
How you can help
This July, you can help us give a person who is blind or has low vision the gift of independence in two ways:
Watch The Puppy Games
Tune in to the Seeing Eye Dogs Puppy Games on July 23 at 12pm as four of our pups showcase their skills and the real-life challenges they may face as a Seeing Eye Dog.
You can help us continue essential training of these dogs by making a donation on Game Day. Our generous friends at Royal Canin will be matching each donation placed that day up to a total of $50,000, meaning every dollar you give will have DOUBLE the impact.
$30 can help towards general vet examinations for pups joining the program
$50 can go towards essential equipment like special harnesses and leads
$100 can go towards essential puppy social training activities like learning to ride public transport
Visit your local Petbarn or City Farmers
Visit your local Petbarn or City Farmers store between July 1 and August 2 and make a donation at the counter.
Your donation will be life changing for someone who is blind or has low vision.