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How much does a guide dog cost?
Most people’s jaw drop to the floor when they hear how much a guide dog costs.
Question: “How much does a guide dog cost?”
Answer: “$40,000 – $60,000″
Wowsers! That’s a huge range and hella expensive!
So lets break this down a little further and see if we can dig into what and why it costs so much for a guide dog.
First, lets take a look at some of the guide dog schools in the United States and see if we can get a better idea of what it costs to train a guide dog.
How Much Does A Guide Dog Cost?
- Guide Dogs of America: $48,000
The cost to put one guide dog team – as our guide dog recipients and their guide dogs are known – into service is $48,000. That cost include the breeding, raising, and training of the dog, instruction for the guide dog user, and instruction for the guide dog team. – GDA
- Guide Dogs of the Desert: $40,000 (cost of a team sponsor)
Team Sponsor – $40,000 The ultimate sponsorship, which includes Puppy, Guide Dog, and Student Sponsor benefits, covers all expenses for both the guide dog and the student, including equipment. Receive a certificate and photo of the student/guide dog team, and invitation to attend Graduation Luncheon, with special recognition given at Graduation Ceremony. – GDD
- Guiding Eyes for the Blind: $50,000
Nothing … and $50,000. We always provide our dogs free of charge to people who can benefit from their partnership. This includes training, transportation to and from the school, room and board during the training program, and a lifetime of follow-up services. We estimate the cost to breed, raise, train, and match a Guiding Eyes dog with a person with vision loss to be approximately $50,000. Guiding Eyes receives no government funding and operates solely from public support. – GEB
- Guide Dog Foundation: Over $50,000
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the Foundations’ services are provided at no charge to the individual. – GDF
- Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation: $45,000 (cost for the Pup to Partner sponsor)
Pup to Partner: Sponsor a puppy throughout his or her journey to Fidelco Guide Dog with one of the many ways available to fund the $45,000 it costs us to breed, train, and place one of our highest quality German Shepherd Guide Dogs. – Fidelco