An Announcement from GDUI concerning our Disaster Assistance and Preparedness Program

An Announcement from GDUI concerning our Disaster Assistance and Preparedness Program

A Special Announcement about the GDUI Disaster Assistance and
Preparedness Program (DAPP)
October 6, 2016

We want to share this information about GDUI’s Disaster Assistance and
Preparedness Program with all of our members and friends – and all of
their guide dogs – who are living right now in the path of Hurricane
Matthew. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and if,
as a consequence of this, or any,  natural disaster, you need our help
to provide care for your dogs, we want to be there for you.

The  new chair of the DAPP Committee is Will Burley. The best way to
reach the committee is to call GDUI’s toll-free number: 866.799.8436.

Because we know that adversity can befall any one of us, leaving us
with few resources and even fewer places to turn for help, Guide Dog
Users Inc. offers the Disaster Assistance and preparedness Program
(DAPP). The Disaster Assistance and Preparedness Program is available
to GDUI members who are teamed with a guide dog. The DAPP fund was
created in June 2011 with the funding provided by a private donation.

GDUI members with working dogs recovering from a catastrophic event
can apply for a stipend to purchase dog food and other essential
supplies on behalf of their working dogs.

We encourage all GDUI members who are currently working with guide
dogs to read the instructions outlined below carefully; if you find
yourselves facing financial crisis in caring for your dog as a result
of a natural disaster or catastrophic event, please call or e-mail and
ask us for help.

Who can apply
• Once the application is submitted, the proposed funds shall be
issued only to a current GDUI member with a current working guide dog.

• Guide dog and handler must have been directly and negatively
impacted by a recent
Disaster and in need of financial assistance for the well-being of the
working dog.

•GDUI’s Disaster Assistance and Preparedness Program funds will be
available for three (3) weeks from the first date of a known and
declared disaster.

• Each GDUI member with a guide dog will be allowed a onetime monetary
assistance grant of $50.00 after the application is processed.

• Prior to releasing any funds, the applicant’s required information
and qualifications will be verified and approved by the DAPP

•Upon approval, the funds will be issued by GDUI ‘Treasurer (or
designee), to the applicant or directly to a vendor such as a pet food
store or veterinarian depending on each circumstance.

• An applicant must live in the affected area and have been negatively
impacted. Additionally, the working guide dog must be in immediate
need of resources to ensure proper daily care, food, medicine,
veterinary intervention and/or to meet other needs.

How to Apply
Please note, in the event the handler does not have any means of
contacting GDUI due to the present disaster, he/she may have one of
the following individuals or organizations communicate on his/her
behalf: family member, friend, veterinary hospital or clinic, Humane
Society, Red Cross/hospital, Salvation Army, religious institution,
local or acting police or fire department or similar agency.

Depending on the individual circumstances, additional assistance may
be requested by   the applicant,   based upon prior approval by the
DAPP committee for possible additional funds.

•The approved funds may be issued in the form of a gift card from a
known store which carries pet/dog supplies or tendered as a pre-paid
credit card. Funds may also be directly transferred to a Veterinarian
or Veterinary hospital or clinic. The monies may also be issued by a
GDUI check or money order, wire transfer or other means depending on
the handler’s circumstances. The means of issued funds will be
determined by the treasurer (or designee) in consultation with the

• All information submitted to GDUI by the applicant may be used by
the GDUI Board of Directors or committee of the Board for purposes of
determining approval of the application. All information will be held
in the strictest of confidence. A news release may be issued but the
name of the recipient and/or guide dog will be kept confidential per
applicant’s request.

***Exceptions of Eligibility*** The Disaster Assistance & Preparedness
Program is not available for a retired guide dog, a puppy in training
and / or puppy raiser, or any household pet.

***APPLICATION Process*** All necessary information is required before
any funds will be issued. Required Information: The following
information may be provided by telephone, text message,  or e-mail
before eligibility is determined. We are sympathetic to the high
stress levels experienced by both guide dog handlers and their dogs,
and we will do our best to secure all the required information so we
can respond quickly. Please have the following information ready when
making initial contact:
•Handlers full name, home address, city, state, zip code and phone
number(s), at the time of the disaster.
•If applicant’s living situation is unsustainable, i.e.,
homeless/shelter/family/friends, GDUI require the following
information: the name of the shelter, the name of the shelter
director, and phone number of the shelter. If staying with family or
friends, please provide the name, address and phone number of new

How to Contact GDUI DAPP Volunteer Staff:  Applicants and/or those
assisting the applicant should call or Email GDUI’s Office Manager at
this Toll-Free Number: 866.799.8436. Our office manager will follow up
quickly with the DAPP Committee and GDUI’s treasurer so that you can
receive the help you urgently need as quickly as possible.
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