Meet Dora and Adel… two guide dogs that have just found their new home! The dogs were introduced to Denis Zammit Cutajar last week, the CEO of P. Cutajar & Co. Ltd and a trustee of the P. Cutajar foundation – a local independent foundation that was established in 2015.
The foundation looks to support charitable and cultural initiatives and is fully committed to sponsor. This is what enables visually impaired people to gain their well-deserved freedom and independence.
Back in 2017, the foundation then made a commitment to donate two guide dogs to the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation (MGDF). Dora and Adel are now happily in service, giving their guide dog owners a fresh lease of life!
Dora was matched with Christine Mifsud, and is also Christine’s second guide dog after Winnie, who is now retired and resorts at home as a beloved family pet! Meanwhile, Adel was matched with Alfred Reale, who has only recently become visually impaired and is now enjoying newfound freedom.
Dora was first donated to the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation by the Light into Europe Charity of Bucharest, Romania, when she was still a puppy and was trained locally. However, Adel came from a local litter and was also successfully trained locally!
MGDF Chairman Joseph Stafrace also touched upon how difficult the past months have been for the foundation, with many visually impaired clients also being vulnerable and unable to either work or go out in general. This has also impacted the MGDF’s usual graduation ceremony for successfully trained dogs like Dore and Adel.
Further, Mr. Zammit Cutajar expressed his wish to make this donation public to encourage other companies and institutions to support the MGDF, especially in tough times like these: ‘Now that the two dogs are fully trained and in service, it is a pleasure to see them interact so well with their new owners. Visually impaired persons have enough challenges to overcome in these times and, knowing that their guide dog is totally dedicated to them, is so wonderful,’.
The guide dog owners themselves couldn’t be more thrilled yet grateful towards the P. Cutajar Foundation for its donation. Christine shared, ‘After my first guide dog, I did not expect Dora to reach the same standards. Comparisons are inevitable but Dora has exceeded my expectations. She is so calm when on duty and is so well behaved’.
Alfred, who formerly served with the Armed Forces of Malta, explained how much Adel has changed his life, sharing, ‘I cannot imagine going out without her. There is no comparison with the White Cane. I feel so safe and confident when I am out with Adel’.
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