Penny Forward Podcast S2E1 Can I Afford a Guide Dog?

As guide dog users, we were curious about how affordable a guide dog might be. Especially to someone on a lower income. Guide dogs aren’t for everybody, but for some people, guide dogs can offer more independence and freedom than traveling with a cane. But, if you’re considering having a guide dog, there is some added cost, and some added responsibility. So we invited Jake Koch, from Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael California and Boring Oregon, to come on the show to talk to us about the costs of owning a guide dog, what it takes to get a guide dog, what happens during class, and what happens after you go home. For more information about Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., visit their web site at or give them a call at 1-800-295-4050. A full text transcript of this episode is available at The Penny Forward podcast is about blind people building bright futures one penny at a time. Subscribe by searching for “Penny Forward” using your favorite podcast app, ask your smart speaker to play the podcast, “Penny Forward”, check out the Penny Forward YouTube channel, or listen to all of our past episodes or read transcripts at

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