MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The statistics on visual impairment is staggering.  It is estimated that there are 285 million people who are visually impaired worldwide:  39 million are blind and 246 have low vision,” stated www.who.int, a website focusing on world health.

“The Seeing Eye Inc, located at 10 Washington Valley Road, Morristown, is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world.” according to its website, WWW.seeingeye.org.

The website also explains, ‘People come from all over the United States and Canada to spend one month training with a seeing eye dog.”

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The Seeing Eye program was designed for individuals with little or no vision to move about independently.  With the guidance of a trained dog, individuals are trained to properly use and care for their dog.

October 5, 2014, The Seeing Eye, is sponsoring a 1- mile family and dog friendly fundraiser called The Doggy Dash.

The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash is a new family-friendly. Dogs are not required to attend and all well-behaved pet dogs, service dogs, seeing eye puppies/dogs over 6 months are welcome to come.

The event is being held from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Sunday October 5th with a rain date of Sunday October 12th. The starting point will be in the parking lot at the corner of Dehart Street and Maple Avenue in Morristown.

Registration will be from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon.

The Doggy Dash will begin promptly at Noon.

The Doggy pageant will begin at 1:00 PM. There are 6 categories (best costumed dog, best costumed pair; owner and dog, senior beauties; dogs over 7 years of age, most obedient, and lavish leashes. Cost to enter  is $5 per category

Cost for the Doggy Dash is $35 per adult (13 years old and up), $25 per child ( between ages 5 and 12) and all dogs and children under 5 are free

After the walk, Seeing Eye puppy raisers and instructors will provide demonstrations and answer questions.

There will be music, face painting, free caricatures of your dog and the Taco Truck will be on hand selling lunch and refreshments.

Proceeds will allow the Seeing Eye to continue to bread, raise, and train dogs for individuals who are eager to participate in the program.

For more information about The Seeing Eye, visit www.seeingeye.org.