Yorkshire-based insurance company The Insurance Emporium went to meet their sponsored puppies Kai and Otis for the first time during a visit to Hearing Dogs’ The Grange Training Centre in Buckinghamshire.
During the visit, The Insurance Emporium made a donation of £5,000, which will go towards training the puppies. This comes on top of their previous donation of £4,000 earlier this year.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have trained thousands of dogs like Kai and Otis since the charity began in 1982. Once fully trained, Kai and Otis will move in with their deaf recipient as an assistance dog and alert them to a range of sounds. The dogs also serve as a companion, reducing loneliness often experienced by deaf people.
Kai, a black Labrador puppy, lives locally and goes for regular training sessions at The Grange. Otis, a Cocker Spaniel puppy, also goes for regular training there.
Hearing Dogs’ fundraising relationships manager, Jo Wengler, said: “The support we have received from The Insurance Emporium will go a long way in helping us to train more dogs that change the lives of deaf people. Kai and Otis and many other pups are currently being trained so that they will one day be able to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds and offer constant emotional support.
“We are incredibly thankful that The Insurance Emporium has been kind enough to support us and were thrilled we could give them the chance to meet Kai and Otis. We receive no government funding and rely on donations, so the support of The Insurance Emporium will directly help us to train more life-changing hearing dogs.”
The Insurance Emporium’s chief executive officer, Francis Martin, added: “We’re thrilled to be continuing our support of Hearing Dogs’ work by sponsoring Kai and Otis. Dogs like Kai and Otis can transform a deaf person’s life and we are proud to be a part of this. We look forward to following the puppies’ progress and amazing work as they mature into fully grown assistance dogs for deaf people.”