Beta Naturals Visits Guide Dogs of America
A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of touring the Guide Dogs of America headquarters in Sylmar, California. Guide Dogs of America is a wonderful organization that provides guide dogs, free of charge, to the blind and visually impaired so they can live with increased mobility and independence. The organization relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, chapters, and clubs. Prior to our visit, we had no idea how intense and thorough the screening and training processes were for puppies to become guide dogs. Only a small percentage of puppies bred for guide dog purposes actually become certified. The ones that don't graduate are made available for adoption through a waitlist rumored to be twelve-years long. We highly recommend visiting Guide Dogs of America if you're ever in Southern California. Tours are free of charge, but reservations are required.