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  • bluegirl
    bluegirl
    Posted on:
    18th Nov 2010 04:14pm

    Last Post 23rd Oct 2014
    Replies     12

    Guide dog

    I am a Puppy Sponsor for the Guide Dogs but the amount of mail I receive from them is amazing. Surely the money could be put to better use.

  • M4
    M4
    Posted on:
    16th Mar 2011 08:36pm

    M4 says: I used to support Doctors without Borders, however the spam online and the endless phone calls requesting more dollars made me question where my regular donation was being spent... until I finally pulled the plug.

    Now that I have diabetes, I feel more comfortable supporting JDRF with lump sums. Not only could it help me as well as the community - they genuinely are appreciative of the support.

    Of course I will continue to support other local and greater charities for calls for assistance, but I would have thought that a regular donation should receive a call of thanks, not to hassle you for 'not doing enough'!

  • riaria0203
    riaria0203
    Posted on:
    2nd Apr 2011 12:37am

    riaria0203 says: Agreed! The amount of money could definetly be put to better use let alone the amount of trees that had to be cut in order to print off their advertisements! Then again, the counter argument would be that without the constant advertising, the importance of the donations wouldn't be half as effective and organisations wouldn't be able to attract new prospective donors as easily!

  • ma
    ma
    Posted on:
    5th Apr 2011 06:30am

    ma says: i use to sponsor guide dogs i really beleive they are the best way to go especially for our blind people..i really enjoyed sponsoring this group.

  • Ash
    Ash
    Posted on:
    15th Jun 2011 10:24pm

    Ash says: I am actually lucky enough to have got what they call a "not quiet able to be a guide dog" dog for my daughter. I can reassure you that your money has been well spent. He is amazing, my daughter has autism and seizures and he has been there for her when ever she needed him. When she is having a seizure he sits by her side and licks her hand until she comes around. He is also a voice for her, when she is sad and doesn't want to talk to me she will talk to him and Henry will just sit there and listen, allowing me to hear what she is saying.
    So for a "reject" he is amazing. So I only donate to the Guide Dogs and RSPCA


  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    18th Aug 2011 11:14am

    Blossom says: Guide dogs need puppy educaters, people who care for them with advise from the relevant organisation. Food, bedding etc. is provided.
    Basically all costs are covered. You have to walk them every day, and train them in the methods provided. They are toilet trained prior to educators receiving them. One I know goes to the office with its educater quite often. You have them for approx 12 months before they are handed back to be trained to the next stage. If they fail to reach the standard required for a guide dog, they may become therapy dogs. One became a therapy dog at a nursing home, another a therapy dog for yars 11 - 12 at a school for disabled students.

  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    28th May 2013 10:52am

    Blossom says: Guide dogs need puppy educaters, people who care for them with advise from the relevant organisation. Food, bedding etc. is provided.
    Basically all costs are covered. You have to walk them...

    Blossom says: They are even trained to do a "wee" on command before they even go to educators.

  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 07:57pm

    Blossom says: Are you aware that Guide Dogs receive NO Govt. support at all, one of the reasons they try other methods of raising funds. Were it no for Pet Suppliers who donate food and equipment, trained dogs for vision impaired, hearing impaired and therapy dogs for those with other disabilities wouldn't be available.

  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    28th May 2013 10:49am

    Blossom says: Do you live in an outer suburb area or in the country ? I know they send updates of training methods etc. Are you given updates of puppies you have had in your care or the subsequent puppies ?

  • simla
    simla
    Posted on:
    31st May 2013 12:04pm

    Blossom says: Do you live in an outer suburb area or in the country ? I know they send updates of training methods etc. Are you given updates of puppies you have had in your care or the subsequent puppies ?

    simla says: Hi Blossom, it would be great to get updates on how the puppies fare when they leave your care. I often wonder how the 'people' fare after they have to hand over the much loved now almost full grown dog that they have spent so much affection on.

  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    31st May 2013 05:55pm

    simla says: Hi Blossom, it would be great to get updates on how the puppies fare when they leave your care. I often wonder how the 'people' fare after they have to hand over the much loved now almost full...

    Blossom says: I am surprised you didn't find out. Maybe the people I know who found out was because they were given another one within a couple of weeks of "handing the first one back". The 2nd one was a surprise, the previous educator was transferred with work and unable to take her with them. They are located in Adelaide.
    They had previously some years before been puppy educators in Sydney before being transferred overseas with his work. Apparently some staff are more forthcoming with information than others.

  • mrlau9999
    mrlau9999
    Posted on:
    10th Sep 2014 07:19am

    mrlau9999 says: Yes I think so

  • PukPuk
    PukPuk
    Posted on:
    23rd Oct 2014 01:27pm

    PukPuk says: Used to get heaps of propanda from various organisations and often wondered how much of prior donations were being wated on these mailouts. I now have just 12 I contribute to and requested in return I get no junk mail but suggested purely email updates. Those that didnt got dropped from what was a much larger list.

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