About Seeing Eye Dogs
Seeing Eye Dogs is the only national provider of world-class bred and trained dogs. Their main aim is to breed and train seeing eye dogs that can provide independence to people who are blind or who have low vision, thereby improving their quality of life.
The organisation was founded by Mrs PM Gration, who was herself blind. She established the first school to train guide dogs in Victoria in 1960 which later merged with Vision Australia in 2008. The organisation is a full member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), having fulfilled all the requirements of their full international accreditation – one of the first training schools in the world to meet the stringent accreditation standards set by the IGDF. The organisation is also a full member of Assistance Dogs International, a leading authority in the assistance dog industry.
Seeing Eye Dogs works closely with each individual client, on a one-on-one basis, offering additional support like orientation and mobility to assess the individuals’ needs and the environments they wish to travel in. This ensures that potential risks are identified and reduced, that the guide dogs are well-trained and suited to the client, and that the client is confident in their abilities.
Seeing eye dogs are very special working dogs who will one day give someone the gift of independence. It takes a lot of love and patience and up to two years to raise and train these amazing animals to have the highest capabilities and meet the strict requirements needed to be seeing eye dogs.
Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs is partly funded through various government schemes but, as each graduating dog costs upwards of $50,000, the organisation relies heavily ‘on the goodwill and support of […] volunteers and donors to provide […] incredible Seeing Eye Dogs.’