Guide dogs are indeed eyes on four paws for their blind owners. See for yourself, watch this short movie. There are around 18.000 blind people in Bulgaria, on the Balkans there are more than 200.000. The mission of “Eyes on four paws” is to create a guide dogs training center. Before being ready for training, the guide dog-to-be needs to live with a foster family for a year to develop basic social skills.
After going through initial instruction, the foster family will be responsible of taking care with love and patience of a 2-week old baby golden or labrador retriever. They should raise a healthy, well-bread and happy dog, who is easily lead and controlled, has no fear of the intensity of the city life, and can ride public transport. During the whole period of taking care of the dog, weekly trainings and social events will be taking place in Sofia. If needed, there will also be a private instructor available.
Important notice – the foster family shouldn't forget for that the dog will be their responsibility only temporary. Turning one year old, the dog will leave and continue with its professional path. A contract will be signed.
Eyes on Four Paws Foundation
- The joy of rising a beautiful, well-bred and sociable young dog.
- The pleasure of the trainings and walks outside and the delighted looks of the passers-by.
- The pride of raising a guide dog.
- The satisfaction of being useful and doing good.
The skills a volunteer needs are an understanding of the cause, strong will and motivation, love, patience, enough free time. An important condition for the foster family is to not have children under 10 years of age.
Everything needed for proper raising of the dog is provided – blankets, mats, bowls, toys, collar.
The volunteers get a ticket for all the public transport for themselves and the dog.
The food, vitamins and supplements for the dog are provided by the organization.
The organization provides the puppies all the veterinary health care and exams.
The puppy comes disinfected and vaccinated. There is a health risk only if you have a dog allergies.
How to participate?
Click on the green "I will do it" button to see instructions.
// photo by damozeljane
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