Guide Dogs Change of Address

How to Update Your Address with Guide Dogs UK

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How Do I Change My Address with Guide Dogs UK?

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If you’ve had your offer accepted on your dream home then it’s time to start notifying people of your change of address. If you sponsor a guide dog, then this is just one of the services you will need to update your address with. 

We will take you through how to complete your Guide Dogs change of address online in a matter of minutes!

SlothMove takes all the hassle out of changing your address with Guide Dogs UK. In fact, why just change your address with one provider when you can change them all in one go? As well as updating your Guide Dog address, go ahead and notify Vodafone, Macmillan, the DVLA, your NHS Pension and many more in just a few clicks. 

Go take a look at our change of address checklist to make sure you don’t miss any. 

So, let’s get started! Here’s how to quickly and easily change your address with Guide Dogs UK and all your other accounts with minimum effort. 

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There are various ways you can complete your Guide Dogs change of address: using SlothMove’s online address change service or by contacting Guide Dogs UK directly. 

Using SlothMove’s online change of address service, you can update your address across all your providers in a fraction of the time. Whether you need to update your address with the RSPCA, Boots, Ikea or Monzo, you can do so in record time with SlothMove. 

Get started with your Guide Dogs change of address by completing the form below:

Enter address manually

To complete your Guide Dogs change of address, all you have to do is:

  1. Enter your previous & new postcode, as well as your moving date
  2. Select the accounts that you’d like to update (Guide Dogs UK, Yorkshire Bank, Mind, Petlog etc…)
  3. Select SlothMove Plus or Basic
  4. Click submit and SlothMove will do the rest for you – updating your address across your accounts, including Guide Dogs charity

Next, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and let SlothMove do all the hard work for you. 

Alternatively, you can update your address by contacting Guide Dogs directly at guidedogs@guidedogs.org.uk. Once they receive your request to change your Guide Dogs address, they will update it for you so they know where to send all the updates relating to the dog your sponsor.

How Do I Stop Sponsoring My Guide Dog?

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So, now we’ve discussed how to complete your Guide Dogs Change of address, let’s find out a little more about the charity. 

First, how can you cancel your Guide Dog sponsorship? Circumstances often change, and this can mean that you are unable to or do not wish to continue sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy. 

If you want to cancel your Guide Dog sponsorship, all you have to do is contact the charity on 0800 953 0113 to let them know.

What Happens to Guide Dogs When They Retire?

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When a guide dog retires it is able to stay with its owner as long as they are able to take responsibility. Alternatively, a new home can be nominated for the dog. 

First, the guide dog is offered to those who were involved in its initial training and development. If no one is able to take the dog, the last resort is entering it into the charity’s re-housing scheme

Anyone can apply to re-home a guide dog, however, the charity receives a high number of applications to the scheme which means that they are unable to offer a dog to everyone. They are more likely to have a suitable dog for those who are willing to be flexible with the types of behaviour and veterinary the dog might have.

What Percentage of Guide Dogs Fail?

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Making the grade to be a guide dog is difficult, with only 70% of dogs that enter training successfully completing the programme. 

The reasons some dogs fail the programme are varied, however, they can include health-related issues or behaviour problems. Behaviourally, the pups might have too much energy, be too friendly with strangers or have difficulties on the leash.

Of the dogs that do fail Guide Dog training, many can be reclassified and moved into new careers, while others are better suited to be re-homed as a family pet.

Why Do I Have to Change My Guide Dog Address?

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It is really important that you complete your Guide Dogs change of address so that you can receive any updates regarding the pup your sponsor. 

If you fail to update your address with Guide Dogs, your mail could get sent to the wrong place so that you end up missing out on important news. 

Who Qualifies for a Guide Dog?

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Only some people fulfil the eligibility criteria to receive a guide dog. The criteria that determines who qualifies for a guide dog can vary between each Guide Dog organisation. 

For a guide dog to be of benefit to you, you may be:

  • Totally/partially blind or visually impaired
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Able to take care of a guide dog 
  • Able to interact well with a guide dog and control it when in the community
  • Requiring a dog for mobility purposes because you find independent travel challenging 
  • Able to travel on your own

Unfortunately, not everyone is suited to working with a guide dog and there are many factors that have been taken into account when determining who qualifies. 

Each application is individually assessed by an internationally qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

Who Pays for a Guide Dog?

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The Guide Dog programmes are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. 

Guide Dogs UK relies solely on donations from generous sponsors to continue their life-changing work. 

You might be surprised at how much training a guide dog costs. To help make a difference to people living with sight loss, it costs:

  • £75.7 million to deliver all their services 
  • £34,600 to breed and train a single guide dog 
  • 54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement

Guide Dogs UK supports around 4,500 people with visual impairments, giving them dogs that have been thoroughly trained to guide their owners along busy streets. The charity receives no government funding and receives almost half of its income from legacies.

When Should I Complete My Guide Dog Change of Address?

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You should try to aim to change your address with Guide Dogs UK 2 weeks prior to your moving date

This allows the charity to receive your request and update it on their systems. 

In this article, we have talked you through how to complete your Guide Dogs change of address. You can either update your Guide Dogs address through SlothMove or by contacting the charity directly.

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