This letter to guide dog handlers from the President and CEO of "The Seeing Eye, Inc" was recently posted on a list-serve group for handlers, trainers, and volunteers involved with guide dogs. I thought it was worth re-posting here for any guide dog handlers reading this blog.
Dear Fellow Guide Dog Handlers,
One of the biggest dangers we face as we travel with our guide dogs is attacks or interference from aggressive dogs. In an attempt to help increase awareness of this problem and the importance of responsible dog ownership for the pet owning public, The Seeing Eye has launched a survey across the U.S. and Canada that will take an in-depth look at dog attacks and interference.
The survey is open to all guide dog handlers in the United States and Canada and we will share our summary results upon request. We're using an online service that we know to be user friendly for screen readers, so we strongly encourage you to participate and tell any other guide dog users you know about this opportunity by forwarding this email or sharing the call-in number.
It's very important that we get responses from people who have not encountered problems with other dogs as well as those who have, no matter which school their dogs are from. The data we collect from the survey will be essential in making our case with law enforcement and animal control officers as well as with legislators as we urge them to enact or strengthen laws to protect guide dog teams. The survey will take between 5 to 20 minutes depending on your answers. You may access the survey at the following link: http://alturl.com/a5kcg <http://visitor.
For those of you who can't or don't want to take the survey online, you can call The Seeing Eye's main number, 800-539-4425, and ask for extension 1520. You will be asked to leave your name and phone number, and a volunteer will call you to conduct the survey by telephone. The preferred method though is to take the survey online, so I ask you to utilize that method if at all possible.
All those who respond by Friday, January 7, 2011, will be entered in a raffle to win a $100 gift card.
Thank you all, in advance, for helping us to better understand the scope of the issue and to work toward a solution to dog interference and dog attacks.
President & CEO
The Seeing Eye, Inc.