I am really excited to have passed $1000, and I want folks to know that every pledge counts. We’ve had pledges ranging from $5 to $100, and all of them have been important. Let me show you how that works. (Props to GDF for making this information publicly available).
Think of your pledges this way:
Several of you have pledged $25. Each of you has given a puppy a leash and collar, as well as food and water dishes. So now you can think about a ute little puppy wearing your contribution.
Some folks have pledged $50. You’ve each fed a dog for three months. Can you eat on $200 a year? Didn’t think so. 🙂
A couple of you pledged $100, and you bought a guide dog its harness. They come in different sizes, and only a few places make them. When we retire a dog, we give back the harness. A harness is a big deal. It’s a major means of commuication between a dog and its handler.
The two $100 posts together will transport a blind person to campus for guide dog training. GDF flew me in from National Airport and back.
$250, which is a quarter of what we’ve raised so far, will pay for a dog’s vet care from birth until graduation, which can be two years. And guide dogs in training get some damn good vet care.
Half of what we’ve raised, $500, will take care of a student’s room and board for two weeks, which is about half of class.
So what I’m trying to say here is that we have transported five students to class. Or paid for room and board for a student. Or given vet care to 4 puppies. Or bought ten harnesses. That’s harnesses for a whole class!
And even the smallest pledge will buy a puppy a leash.
So thank you all, because you are all making a huge difference in the lives of blind people, and in the care and training of some amazing dogs.