Isn’t the sight of a hardworking guide dog incredible? We love the way they can react to nonverbal cues and are truly attuned to the unspoken needs of their human companion. Well, none of these abilities come without rigorous training by qualified professionals. At Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, the training of guide dogs is an issue near and dear to our hearts and we support the people who train them for their important jobs. We are committed to ensuring that these animals receive the care and support they need because honestly, we need them! Guide dogs have such a unique role in society: providing assistance to humans in many different states of need.
The Passion for Guide Dogs: Fort Myers Guide Dog Walkathon
Brenna Yuknis, one of Kindness Animal Hospital’s team members, has a passion for guide dogs. She is currently raising and training her fifth guide dog, Legacy, who will soon be ready to go to work for someone in need. Brenna participated in the guide dog walkathon in Fort Myers on April 11, 2015, helping to raise awareness about the importance of guide dogs, as well as funds to support their training. This year, they raised over $55,000 to support guide dogs!
The 3k Walkathon is the Southeastern Guide Dogs’ biggest fundraising event of the year, helping to provide world-class guide dogs to the visually impaired. This great event has taken place in cities all over Florida, including Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and the Villages. This year, the walkathon included those cities, and expanded to include Fort Myers and Orlando as well! The event is designed to raise funds to keep making guide dogs available to those in need.
Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Guide Dogs
Did you know that it costs over $60,000 to create and support a single guide dog team? This includes breeding, raising, and training the dogs; purchasing needed equipment; housing the students for 26 days of in-residence training; and continued lifetime follow-up!
Guide dogs are essential to the people who need them and the Kindness Animal Hospital team is supportive of the groups that bring guide dogs to the visually impaired.