Graduate Assistance Funds Support Every Day Miracles

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Smiling grad with Guiding Eyes dogThe story of Cecil and Orlando is a true holiday miracle.  The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and we’ve had many questions from people who would like to help.

While contributions are no longer needed to assist Orlando, we are thankful to those who have chosen to support the ongoing mission of Guiding Eyes and our 1,000 active guide dog teams.  Some have chosen to designate their donation to directly support the ongoing care of working guide and service dogs.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s commitment to its graduates has always included efforts to ensure their Guiding Eyes dogs receive the best veterinary care and remain active and healthy guides for as many years as possible.  Our Graduate Assistance Funds – The Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Graduate Assistance Fund and The Hockmeyer Fund – were developed to do just that.

For some, the costs associated with caring for a dog would be insurmountable without these funds. The Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Graduate Assistance Fund helps to defray the costs of routine veterinary care; The Hockmeyer Fund was established to provide financial support to graduates should their dogs require the service of veterinary specialists.

Ann Chiappetta shares, “I’ve used Graduate Assistance Funds to help provide excellent preventive and routine care for my Guiding Eyes dog, Verona.  These funds ensure I do not overlook anything when it comes to Verona’s well-being, thus facilitating her continued health.”

Guiding Eyes dogs are provided free of charge and the generosity of others makes this gift possible.  On behalf of our graduates like Cecil and Ann, we thank you for helping to ensure the longest, healthiest lives for their incredible guide dogs!

Click here to donate – thank you for your support!