2 Guide Dogs for 2 Young Visually Impaired in Portugal

Fundraising campaign by Karin Holmstrom Forster
  • €1,040.00
    raised of €23,000.00 goal
4% Funded
3 Donors
Raised offline: €1,000.00
Total: €2,040.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities

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When you are young two of the most important things to you are:

  • Fitting in with your friends
  • Being independent of your parents.

Visually impaired young people, however, are often made to feel different and isolated. Without the independence that comes from mobility, they are in constant need of a helper. Getting together with friends and even going to school requires assistance. They can’t do all of the things that their visually able friends do on their own. Pawsitive Assistance Dogs is about to change this … AND YOU CAN HELP.

The Algarve’s expert Dog Behaviourist, Karin Holmström Forster, has worked with people and their wellbeing all of her life. Through her love for dogs and an urge to give something back, Karin became an Assistance Dog Trainer and helped form the association Alertalegria – Associação de Cães de Assistência Internacional Association Assistance Dogs International.

Karin has the unique opportunity this summer to take 2 dogs to train with Alan Brooks, one of the UK´s most experienced Guide Dog trainers.

After the dogs are qualified GUIDE DOGS, Karin”s organization Pawsitive Dogs Algarve will donate them to two young visually impaired individuals living in Portugal. Currently guide dogs cost about 20K Euros each In the the past, Portugal provided 67% of the cost of a guide dog to families in need. Today there is no funding!

The challenges for families in Portugal with a disabled member are very high and they have very little support from the government. Medical costs are high. And specialist treatments often mean extensive travel within or even outside of Portugal. This puts an enormous strain on already economically burdened families and their children. Buying a Guide Dog can therefore be out of the question.

Our project to train 2 Guide Dogs this summer has just begun (in May 2017) and will conclude in November, when the training has finished.

There are multiple aspects to this project:

  • Raising money to support Karin and the dogs during the three months of training
  • Matching two visually impaired young people and their families with the two trained dogs
  • Supporting a two-month transition (hand-over-training) period for both the visually impaired person and their new dog
    1. Ongoing support to ensure success.

With your contribution the lives 2 of the 1000 visually impaired in Portugal will change!

If you really want to make the difference in the life of another person,

This is your opportunity!

Organizer

  • Karin Holmstrom Forster
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  • Campaign Owner

Donors

  • Karin Holmstrom Forster
  • Posted On Oct 09, 2017
  • Thank you Andrew Fawkes , Helen Hedger and Sandra Murray who donated to GoGetFunding! I am so happy to be able to train shelter and dogs in need of a home to the best job a dog can have! Karin, Fred and Abbe

  • Andrew Fawkes
  • Donated on Sep 26, 2017
  • Hello Karin, We have just spoken on the phone and I then visited your website. I would like to donate €20 to help you train and donate the 2 dogs. Looking forward to meeting you again in November. Yours sincerely, Andrew & Jane FAWKES

€20.00
  • Helen Hedger
  • Donated on Aug 10, 2017
  • Good luck Karin, Fred and Milly; we hope the training goes well. Such a great cause; giving two young people independent lives, and two lovely dogs great homes. We have all benefited from Karin's expertise, dedication and kindness, this is another example of how generous you are Karin. With much love from Helen and Mike, Hal, Fordy and Manu.

€1000.00
Jul 01

Youtube video with information why I this is important

Update posted by Karin Holmstrom Forster at 05:47 pm

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Jun 28

Guid Dog no 2

Update posted by Karin Holmstrom Forster at 04:21 pm

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Donors & Comments

3 donors
  • Karin Holmstrom Forster
  • Posted On Oct 09, 2017
  • Thank you Andrew Fawkes , Helen Hedger and Sandra Murray who donated to GoGetFunding! I am so happy to be able to train shelter and dogs in need of a home to the best job a dog can have! Karin, Fred and Abbe

  • Andrew Fawkes
  • Donated on Sep 26, 2017
  • Hello Karin, We have just spoken on the phone and I then visited your website. I would like to donate €20 to help you train and donate the 2 dogs. Looking forward to meeting you again in November. Yours sincerely, Andrew & Jane FAWKES

€20.00
  • Helen Hedger
  • Donated on Aug 10, 2017
  • Good luck Karin, Fred and Milly; we hope the training goes well. Such a great cause; giving two young people independent lives, and two lovely dogs great homes. We have all benefited from Karin's expertise, dedication and kindness, this is another example of how generous you are Karin. With much love from Helen and Mike, Hal, Fordy and Manu.

€1000.00
  • Sandra Murray
  • Donated on Jul 05, 2017
  • Good luck with this worthy cause

€20.00

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€1,040.00
raised of €23,000.00 goal
4% Funded
3 Donors
Raised offline: €1,000.00
Total: €2,040.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities