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September Proclaimed as ‘Guide Dog Awareness Month’

AllieGov. Rick Perry and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro have proclaimed September as “Guide Dog Awareness Month” and formally praised the work being done by the San Antonio nonprofit organization Guide Dogs of Texas.

“By raising, training and working with guide dogs, you provide the gifts of mobility and independence to blind and visually impaired Texans,” Perry said in his official recognition. “Your hard work with these highly trained and skilled animals makes a tremendous difference in people’s lives.”

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro noted in his proclamation: “It takes nearly two years and over $40,000 to train a guide dog, and Guide Dogs of Texas, accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation, excels in high quality training and provides support after graduation. This month-long celebration reminds us how vitally important guide dogs are to the visually impaired in helping their human companion walk around freely and enjoy the world around them.”

Guide Dogs of Texas is the only guide dog school in Texas, according to Larry Tuttle, president and CEO of the organization. “Not only do we raise and train quality guide dogs, but we provide individualized matching of dogs and clients and one-on-one training with aftercare support. To accomplish these tasks, we rely on a staff of accredited trainers, a group of highly motivated volunteer puppy raisers and ongoing fund raising efforts to finance this unique service.”

For more information about Guide Dogs of Texas or a tour of its San Antonio training facilities, contact Susana Dias at (210) 366-4081.

About Rudy Arispe

I'm a storyteller with 25 years experience in print journalism. I have written news and features stories for the San Antonio Express-News, La Prensa, UTSA's campus publications, University of the Incarnate Word's alumni magazine, and many others.

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