Pairing our elite, professionally trained German Shepherds, at no cost, with exceptional men and women who are blind or visually impaired. Our guide dogs provide increased confidence and freedom to operate independently in a sighted world.
When Lina was just a baby, her parents traveled from Colombia to the United States seeking treatment for the retinoblastoma that had spread to both of her eyes. Doctors saved her life, but Lina’s resulting blindness kept the family in the United States where they knew their daughter would have access to resources that would help her lead a full life.
In 2017, the summer of her freshman year of college, Lina was matched with her guide dog, “Quest”, and the timing could not have been better as she faced two difficult circumstances; her parents’ separation and transferring to a new school. Lina reflects, “I often felt clumsy with my white cane and very self-conscious. Having Quest was an enormous help. She was a constant companion; something to focus on other than the issues I was facing."
In the first days at her new school, a Fidelco Placement Specialist helped to acclimate the team to the new routes they would travel. Quest made the transition easier in other ways, Lina recalls, “ I was a transfer student and that comes with some trepidation. Having Quest helped me meet so many people. She allows me to travel with much more grace. My parents don’t worry. I feel freer, faster and empowered.”