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Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

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Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. We train dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind and for veterans, providing our premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost, without any government funding.

Programs: Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities. All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services – which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up – are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100% on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. www.GuideDogs.org

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My daughter is a trainer at Southeastern Guidedogs in Palmetto, Florida. I have been there for hug a puppy and dog walking. If you are feeling down spend a day there and you cannot leave there in a bad mood. Impossible! Southeastern Guidedogs pairs the visually impaired, veterans (also with PTSD), children, and service organizations with a dog. The dog's training, medical care, food, etc. is at NO COST to the student. This organization is solely funded with donations. The trainers not only train the dogs but each student is housed and fed during class. In those weeks the students are taught by the trainers how to use and trust their companion, giving each one mobility and independence. A truly life changing event! Just watch this video and your heart is filled with joy at the sight of visually impaired getting around places they were not able to go to before. It is awesome!!