Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs and has been helping people who are blind or vision impaired since 1960. These unique dogs provide the ‘gift of independence’ and freedom in day-to-day life by becoming the ‘eyes’ of a person who is blind or vision impaired.
We do not receive any government funding, not one cent, so our work depends solely on the goodwill and support of our volunteers and donors.
It costs $30,000 and takes up to two years of intensive training for one Seeing Eye Dog to graduate. SEDA instructors train and test these pups to do the most amazing tasks. After all, someone will be relying on these dogs to always get it right. When a person relies on a dog for their eyes, their life and safety is dependent on the dog’s ability to ensure there are no cars coming or dangers ahead, and other aspects of daily life we, as sighted people, take for granted.