|Trainer Liang Jia trains dog "Nighty" in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Feb. 20, 2014. (Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng)|
The China Guide Dog Training Center, which was founded in May 2005, is the first non-profit seeing eye dog training institution of China. Sixty-seven dogs have graduated from the center and worked for blind people. Fifty-four dogs are receiving training from 22 staff members and other 35 puppies are fostered here. The seeing eye dog training is a time-consuming and costly system, therefore the non-profit organization is struggling in predicament. Many trainers have quit their job because of the hardship of taking care of dogs. "Only those who really love the job can make it," says Liang Jia, a worker of the center. The International Guide Dog Federation admits those countries where more than 1 percent of the visually handicapped people use seeing eye dogs as the guide dog popularized country. There remains a long way to go for China.