At CNIB Guide Dogs, we raise, train and match dogs with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. We also raise our voices to ensure people with sight loss have opportunities to live, work and play without barriers. To help transform our communities into beacons of accessibility and inclusion, our dogs have three career options: guide dog, buddy dog or ambassador dog.
A buddy dog is partnered with a child/youth between the ages of 7 and 16 who is living with sight loss. Whether it’s feeding, grooming or walking this well-trained family pet, this will give the child an opportunity to care for a dog and in some cases, help make it easier to transition into a guide dog partnership in the future.
Children with CNIB Buddy Dogs is a special look into the relationship between a buddy dog and their partner. Inspired by the popular Humans of New York series, each story is told through a personal lens that’s unique to either the child or their parent's lived experiences. Come and meet the extraordinary children whose lives have been changed by CNIB Buddy Dogs.