We are delighted to announce we are embarking (excuse the pun!) on another exciting partnership with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind by sponsoring the training of 3 new pups. The pups, from the A Litter, the first litter of the year, were born on February 5th and are named Aska, April and Andrew.

John Burke, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind commented, “Over the last two years the team at Rosie & Jim have supported 3 pups Champ, Izzy and Hank which was a truly wonderful and rewarding partnership: two of the dogs graduated to be Guide Dogs and one to be an Assistance Dog. Rosie & Jim have most definitely helped us to change lives. We are now delighted to have the team form another partnership with Aska, April and Andrew for the next two years and we look forward to tracking their progress through puppy raising, formal training and onwards to graduation. Thank you to everyone at Rosie & Jim.”

The cost of early training of a Guide Dog puppy is €5,000 per puppy for their first year. Rosie & Jim are funding €30,000 to provide vitally important early training for three puppies for their first two years.
With more than 54,810 people in Ireland registered blind or visually impaired and over 1% of the population impacted by autism, the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind works tirelessly to facilitate those affected by providing them Guide and Assistance Dogs. The average cost of training a dog is in the region of €53,000 and the charity rely on 85% of their funding through sponsorship like this and fundraising to continue to deliver their vital services for free throughout Ireland.

Director of Rosie & Jim, Rosie, says:
“We are thrilled to again assist with the amazing work carried out by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind by supporting the training of 3 dogs who will provide a great sense of assurance and independence for families and individuals. We’re so proud of Champ, Izzy and Hank now helping to change lives and we’re looking forward to watching Aska, April and Andrew grow throughout the year on their way towards becoming a Guide or Assistance Dog.”

Follow our social media and blog for regular updates of the puppies progress.

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