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Review for Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., Cassville, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently raising my third Freedom Guide Dogs puppy (I've raised four other guide dog puppies from two other guide dog schools). I can't say enough good things about Freedom. They truly take the time to match the right dog with the right person. And when you make a donation to Freedom, your dollars really make a difference.

Eric & Sharon Loori work hard for a mission they believe in. When I donate to Freedom, my money is utilized for actual day-to-day expenses that keep the puppy program going (i.e. heartworm & flea prevention for puppies in training).

I couldn't be prouder than being a Freedom Guide Dog puppy raiser!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., Cassville, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been both a puppy raiser and donor for almost four years and I have nothing but good things to say about Freedom Guide Dogs.

Being a puppy raiser has been a very positive experience. Whenever I have a question or concern, the issue is addressed immediately. Alison (Freedom's Puppy Placement Specialist) will even contact me on nights, weekends or holidays. That is true commitment to the job. Having raised puppies with another guide dog school, I can tell you that kind of dedication is rare.

The first dog I raised for Freedom (Woz) has a very slow gait and a soft personality. I was thrilled when Freedom took the necessary time to find the perfect match--an elderly gentleman who also walks slow. And knowing they are a great team makes my heart burst with pride.

As far as being a donor is concerned, I feel that every penny I donate makes a huge difference. It costs Freedom $25,000 to breed, raise and train each guide dog. The other guide dog schools dogs costs twice that much. Why? Other guide dog schools transport the blind individuals to their schools, house & feed them and provide on-site nursing care. This costs a lot of money. With Freedom's Hometown Training program, blind individuals train in their home and work environment. This saves Freedom huge overhead costs.

What a fantastic organization I am proud to be a part of!

Role:  Volunteer