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Southeastern Guide Gogs held a Paws For Patriots Luncheon at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to celebrate the start of a new partnership with its Puppy Raiser Program and the MacDill Airforce Base.
Named as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014Nonprofit of the Year, Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
Founded in 1982, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs.
Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding.
PAWS FOR PATRIOTS
They served us. Now it’s our turn.
Veterans have served for freedom’s sake, and now they deserve the freedom to navigate with heads high and renewed confidence.
Pairs highly trained guide dogs with visually impaired veterans. Veterans live and learn on campus, then receive lifetime follow-up and support.
VETERAN SERVICE DOGS
Trains and places exceptional dogs not suitable for guide work into careers benefiting veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. Gaining confidence from these dogs, veterans expand their lives, regain mobility and independence and re-integrate into their communities.
FACILITY THERAPY DOGS
Places therapy dogs into military hospitals to spread cheer and encouragement and help wounded warriors heal from their injuries.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS
Provides well-behaved dogs to veterans for companionship and emotional support in the home.
They’re dog-gone talented!
Our guide dogs have met rigorous medical and behavioral standards before being paired with a student. Dogs who don’t quite meet these standards are selected to change careers into other fields that are important and provide great value to a variety of people.
CANINE CONNECTIONS DOGS
Companion dogs placed with visually impaired children ages 10–17, building a bridge toward a future guide by acclimating the children to the responsibilities and joys of dog ownership.
PUBLIC SERVICE DOGS
Dogs with specific aptitudes for careers in search and rescue or arson, bomb, and drug detection.
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