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CNIB Guide Dogs Urgent Expansion Campaign.


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Support the urgent expansion of CNIB Guide Dogs by donating today.

CNIB is at a critical point in accelerating the development of a sustainable, full-service guide dog program. Access to guide dogs was restricted by border closures at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the supply chain issues continue to impact the availability of guide dogs to those who need them.

To be able to support Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, we must expand the CNIB Guide Dog Program.

Oakville resident Jack McCormick and his guide dog were hit by a distracted driver in March of 2020. As a result, his dog was traumatized and had to retire. The border closure means Jack is unable to return to the U.S. school that provided him with his guide dog in 2014. Like so many others, Jack turned to CNIB Guide Dogs. 

“Not having a guide dog has decreased my confidence. I feel less safe when I travel. I’m constantly worrying about bumping into something or harming myself.”
– Jack McCormick

How your money helps:

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Urgent Program Expansion

Applications for a CNIB Guide Dog increased by 375% from March to October 2020, and the waiting list continues to grow as we catch up to the demand that has been created. To meet this urgent need for guide dogs, our goal is to raise, train and graduate 150 guide dogs in the by 2023.

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Canine Campus Expansion

In order to keep pace with the growth of our program, our CNIB Guide Dogs training facility, Canine Campus, must also grow. The expansion will give us the capacity to train and graduate 150 dogs each year, meeting the demand for Canadians with sight loss. 

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Development of a Breeding Program and Facilities

To secure the long-term sustainability, address ongoing supply chain issues, and ensure the quality of guide dogs, we need to breed best-in-class dogs here in Canada. Our goal is to establish a breeding facility that will ensure Canadians always have access to guide dogs.


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