Milestones in Hong Kong

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Milestones in Hong Kong

  • 1975 was the first attempt to introduce two seeing eye dogs, namely Opal and Winta which passed away in 1979 and 1981 respectively because of sickness. The main reason was due to the lack of experienced trainer for the follow up. Since then, the Seeing Eye Dog services virtually disappeared in Hong Kong.
  • On January 17, 2011, the first Seeing Eye Dog puppy, Google, donated by Taiwan Guide Dog Association, arrived Hong Kong.
  • On March 30, 2011, the second Seeing Eye Dog puppy, Iris, also donated by Taiwan Guide Dog Association, arrived Hong Kong.
  • On January 11, 2012, Hong Kong second Seeing Eye Dog organization, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services was set up.
  • On July 18, 2012, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Google had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person, Mr David Wong. This opened the first chapter of the history of Seeing Eye Dog services in Hong Kong.
  • On November 26, 2012, the third and the fourth cub donated by Kansai Guide Dog Association, Tobi and Tovi, arrived Hong Kong.
  • In December 2012, the first overseas trainee nominated by Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services, Ms Tam Nga Man Imen began her training and internship program in Taiwan administered by Taiwan Guide Dog Association. As a pioneer of its kind, Ms Tam is expected to plough back her knowledge and experience to the movement of Seeing Eye Dog services in Hong Kong after graduation.
  • On January 8, 2013, the fifth and the sixth puppy also donated by Kansai Guide Dog Association, Whisky and Walker, arrived Hong Kong.
  • On January 12, 2013, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Iris had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person, Ms Cheung Kam Lin. It became the second locally trained Seeing Eye Dog in Hong Kong.
  • August 27, 2013 International Guide Dog Federation, a world recognized body in the industry, announced that we were accepted the IGDF Applicant Organizations Status. We become the first Seeing Eye Dog service in Hong Kong that is awarded this status. Details can be browsed at www.igdf.org.uk/links/.
  • August 30, 2013 two puppies, Yo Yo and Yahoo, donated by Taiwan Guide Dog Association (TGDA) arrived Hong Kong. This is the second donation by TGDA since Google and Iris.
  • October 25, 2013 Seeing Eye Dog, Range arrived Hong Kong. It is donated by Chubu Guide Dog for the Blind Association of Japan.
  • On 6th March 2014, Taiwan Guide Dog Association further donated 2 seeing eye dogs, Billy and Coby, to us. There are currently 11 seeing eye dogs and puppies in our centre.
  • On 20th May 2014, the Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services was bestowed the biannual Derek Freeman Scholarship by the International Guide Dog Federation, allowing us to send representatives to the Guide Dog Victoria to learn artificial insemination and other reproductive technologies for seeing eye dogs.
  • On 11th June 2014, our first seeing eye dog trainer pupil sent overseas for training, Miss Imen Tam, returns from Taiwan after spending one year and a half learning from the Taiwan Guide Dog Association.
  • On 22nd July 2014, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Yoyo and Tovi were selected as our Breeding dogs.
  • On 1st October 2014, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially be a member of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • On 8th October 2014, Miss Edith Lee became to our second seeing eye dog cadet trainer
  • On 14th October 2014, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Range and Walker had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person.
  • On 13rd November 2014, two puppies, Delsie and Fraser donated by The Guide Dog For The Blind Association UK arrived Hong Kong. There are currently 13 seeing eye dogs and puppies in our centre.
  • On 17th December 2014, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Billy was selected as our Breeding dogs.
  • On 3rd February 2015, HKSEDS first training centre located in Kawi Chung was officially opened.
  • On 21st March 2015, Hong Kong first locally bred Seeing Eye Puppies were born. They were four female and their parents were our breeding stock Billy and Yoyo.
  • On 17th April 2015, two puppies, Ned and Nimbus donated by Guiding Eyes For The Blind arrived Hong Kong
  • On 6th June 2015, the first local bred Seeing Eye Puppies were officially named as “Holly”, “Herbact”, “Hardos” & “Happy”. Their names all start with “H” with the meaning that seeing eye dog services are rooted in Hong Kong.
  • On 27th September 2015, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Tobi and Whisky had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person Mr. Andy Tsui and Mr. Johnny Ngan respectively.
  • On 27th January 2016, Guiding Eyes For The Blind further donated a seeing eye dog, Calla to us. There are currently 20 seeing eye dogs and puppies in our centre.
  • On 13rd March 2016, Hong Kong first artificially bred Seeing Eye Puppies were born. They were 3 males and 2 females and their parents were our breeding stock Tovi and Delsie. The name of 5 puppies start with letter “A”: with the meaning of the success on Artificial Insemination.
  • On 20th March 2016, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Yoyo had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person Ms. Joby Wong.
  • On 15th May 2016, Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services officially announced that Coby had completed all the trainings and was successfully matched with the visually impaired person Ms. Alex Wong.
  • HKSEDS proudly announces that our local trainer Ms. Edith Li has officially received international recognition as a SED trainer. She is the very first trainer in Hong Kong who receives such an honor. This marks a significant milestone of local SED service development.
  • Happy and Holly, the two sisters of the first litter of locally-bred and trained SEDs, has completed their training and officially graduated. They have already been matched with two users respectively. This proves the undeniable efforts made by HKSEDS in localizing the SED services.
  • Bess and Bingo, have completed their health checks, vaccinations and rabies blood test respectively and will soon be sent to our fellow organizations in Japan and Taiwan in late May. This will be the first time in history that Hong Kong has ever exported SEDs for international support and cooperation.
  • HKSEDS has established a long-term cooperation agreement with Romania SED organization “Light Into Europe” in a hope of enhancing mutual SED breeding and training information sharing.
  • As we have already matched 10 pairs of SEDs and users, we are qualified to become the member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). The application of our membership is in-progress, meaning that HKSEDS will become the first SED organization in China and HKSAR to obtain such international recognition and qualification.