About the Campaign
Needs to see
to do her work!
Cali is a Diabetic Alert Dog for Gianfranco, a 66 year old man with diabetes. He bought her as a puppy almost five years ago (Cali will be 5 in May!) to see if she could be trained in this work. Cali turned out to be a great candidate, and though it took over 2 years, she successfully became a Diabetic Alert Dog, at a cost of almost $10,000.
Gianfranco has had diabetes since he was 39, and he was working when he got Cali and able to afford the cost of training. Still, it was a great deal! A fully trained and certified Diabetic Alert Dog can cost over $30,000, but by training her himself with the help of a trainer, he was able to get it done for around $10,000.
What Cali does
Cali alerts when his blood sugar is dropping, and can notice it well before he does. This can be life saving. As an example, if a diabetic has their blood sugar level crash while sleeping it can be very dangerous. When they wake up, the act of waking and getting up causes the blood sugar to drop even further. This can obviously be dangerous because a diabetic can wake up, realize they feel weak and their blood sugar is too low, but not be able to get up fully and to take some sugar in before passing out… which can lead to death.
But Cali can even detect falling blood sugar levels when Gianfranco is sleeping! She will wake him up by urgently licking his face and he knows he has to get up and check his levels! Amazing!!
Let’s help Cali see
Cali is trained to work in an urban environment. She is trained to not chase other animals or dogs. She is comfortable going into businesses and with loud noises. All of this sort of thing, and she has to be able to see to accompany Gianfranco outside of the home.
You may be able to see the cataract in the eye in this photo:
She is also very young, she isn’t even 5 yet!! Gianfranco has paid for the $1000+ test that is required to see if a dog will benefit from cataract surgery, and Cali passed! The eye specialist is confident that with cataract surgery Cali will be able to see normally again, and for the rest of her life. Let’s get this amazing working dog the surgery she needs to both do her work, and have a happy long life with vision!! WOOOOOF!
Great news: Gianfranco’s health insurance on Cali will pay 80% of the bill! So Cali just needs to get the 20% not covered and $480 more for her follow up exams (not covered by insurance). 🙂
Vet estimate (click to enlarge):