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HK Guide Dogs Association
Guide Dogs are professionally trained dogs provided to visually impaired and blind persons who choose to benefit from the enhanced mobility, safety and companionship that a guide dog can provide. The people of Hong Kong have not been served with a guide dog service since 1975.
Hong Kong monthly digest of statistics for December 2014 indicated 174,800 visually impaired people in Hong Kong (approximately 2.4% of the population). Internationally, guide dog schools receive applications for training with guide dogs from approximately 1% of the visually impaired population. Estimated demand for a guide dog in Hong Kong is approximately 1700 persons.
Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association Limited was established in January 2011. In June 2011, HKGDA was registered as a charitable organization in Hong Kong (Registration Number 91/11219).
Through financial support from the Lee Hysan Foundation and in cooperation with the Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired, the Hong Kong Society for Blind and the International Guide Dog Federation, four blind persons from Hong Kong have received guide dogs from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, New York, USA and returned with their dogs to Hong Kong. This agreement will result in four more blind Hong Kong residents being trained at Guiding Eyes for the Blind during the next two year.