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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

What is a K9 Buddy?

Wednesday, March 22 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sharing your life with a dog, no matter the age, fosters a sense of caring, companionship, and responsibility through the human/animal bond. While a great deal of information is available through technology, nothing compares to firsthand experiences that highlight the life-changing potential of a K9 Buddy or a Guide Dog.

We are happy to welcome Kelsey Gilbert, K9 Buddy Program manager, and Jane Flower, youth outreach specialist, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, California. Kelsey and Jane will share the exciting news of how the K9 Buddy program has expanded to include people from across the U.S. and Canada and people of all ages. This program matches people with vision loss with dogs specially selected to be a wonderful pets and companions. A K9 Buddy is not a service dog, but a well-trained and socialized dog that can provide companionship for someone with vision loss. If you are thinking about a guide dog, this presentation can help you better understand the responsibilities involved in having a dog.

This presentation provides information about:

  • Who can benefit from a K9 buddy?
  • What requirements are needed to receive a dog?
  • What is the application process?

Please join us on the conference line, 312-809-1004 and experience the unique power of the human animal bond. For questions, email Kathy Austin.

Please come and join Guide Dogs for the Blind to learn about our two programs available for youth and adults across the U.S. and Canada.