Jan & Eric Williams
Most of you know that Eric and I have been involved with Southeastern's mission for over fifteen years. With Eric on the Board of Directors and me serving as Area Coordinator for the dogs being raised in Tampa, we are "up to our ears" in these extraordinary dogs.
Earlier this year we returned our thirteenth puppy, Baker, for her professional training on our Palmetto, FL campus. While her hips didn't make the grade for guide work, her role now is to serve a child who needs her--a great match. Puppy fourteen, Callison, came to join us in May.
When our puppies have the proper skill set to become guide dogs, they go on to change lives in dramatic ways. Mobility, independence, and confidence are but a few of their contributions to their visually impaired handlers.
But the gift does not come cheaply. Currently it costs approximately $60,000 to prepare a guide dog fròm conception to placement. Southeastern receives no government funding, and it gives the dogs to their recipients at no charge.
Our annual Walkathons are the largest means by which we raise the necessary private donations to fund this heartwarming work. This is the sixth year for a walk in Tampa. If you live locally and would like to join the walk, feel free to contact me for more information.
If you feel moved to make a contribution to Southeastern's cause, we would be most grateful. This website offers an easy and secure way to donate. Should you choose to remain anonymous, we offer our gratitude in advance.
Thank you for your support. Your donations make it possible for Southeastern's trainees to stay healthy and grow into service dogs of the highest caliber.