Your $5,000.00 donation covers the cost of breeding, medical costs (inoculations, spay/neuter, vaccinations & veterinarian visits) heartworm preventative, locator microchip, hip x-rays, dog food, puppy bib, adult jacket, obedience classes, puppy kit (includes all necessary supplies for new puppies – dish, leash, puppy manual etc.) plus periodic evaluations by the puppy and training departments.
As a sponsor, you will receive photographs and a written update quarterly, and your name will be embroidered on the puppy jacket. Your puppy will be thoroughly evaluated at 18 – 20 months of age to determine if it is eligible to continue on to formal guide dog training or be selected for our breeding program. Finally, if your dog successfully completes its training course, and is scheduled to graduate, you will receive an invitation to our Awards Ceremony with special recognition of your generosity.
It is important to remember that not all our pups go on to be guide dogs. In fact, approximately 40% are removed from the program because of problems with health or temperament (ie: allergies, congenital problems, overly solicitous, cat or dog distractions, etc.). While it is tremendously disappointing for all of us to remove pups from the program, the safety and well-being of our graduates is first and foremost.
If it is determined that your sponsored puppy is not suited for guide work, the puppy raiser will have the option of keeping it as a family pet. We refer to this as a “career change” for the dog. At that time, your sponsorship donation will be applied towards the next class graduating, and you will be acknowledged at their Awards Ceremony.
We appreciate your interest in our guide dog program. By working together, we help blind individuals fulfill their dream of living independent and productive lives with dignity.
Two other puppy related sponsorship opportunities are also avaiable:
Newborn Puppy Sponsor: $1,000.00 (GDA’s choice)
You will receive a certificate with a photo of a newborn puppy. Covers the cost of breeding and delivery.
Sponsor a Litter of Puppies: $2,500.00 – (GDA’s choice)
You will receive a certificate with a photo of a mother and her litter of puppies. Covers the cost of breeding, delivery and all expenses up to 7 weeks of age.
For more information or questions, call (818) 833-6437 – sponsorships or email JAReilly@guidedogsofamerica.org.