Harcourts Grant for Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs to purchase pup through Harcourts grant.
Guide Dogs Tasmania is thrilled to announce it has been the successful recipient in the latest round of grants from the Harcourts Foundation.
The $3,000 grant will cover the costs associated with selecting, purchasing and transporting an eight-week-old puppy from an Australian Guide Dog breeding centre to Tasmania, where it will start its journey to become a fully qualified Guide Dog. Guide Dogs Tasmania spokesperson, Kate Grady, said the organisation was extremely grateful to have been chosen by the Foundation.
“We are the only organisation in Tasmania that trains and supports Guide Dogs, and we rely on the generosity of the community to continue providing Guide Dogs for Tasmanians who need them,” she said.
“Each Guide Dog takes two years to train and costs over $35,000. They provide independence, safety, confidence and companionship to their handler, thereby greatly increasing their quality of life.”
The Harcourts Foundation was formed in 2008. All 22 Harcourts Real Estate offices in Tasmania contribute a donation from every property sale to the Foundation, which uses this funding to provide support that helps, grows and enriches local communities.
“We are thrilled to be able to assist this fantastic organisation that ultimately improves the quality of life for visually impaired persons,” Harcourts Foundation Tasmania ambassador, Anna Gooch, said.
The Guide Dog Pup that will be purchased through the grant has just been born and will arrive in Tasmania before the end of the year. It will spend approximately 16 months living with a volunteer Puppy Raising family where it will learn basic obedience and socialisation in a range of different environments, before commencing its formal training and hopefully going on to work as a Guide Dog with a Tasmanian who is blind or vision impaired at two years of age.