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History

The beginnings of the guide dogs training are ranging from the early 80′s of the last century.

On December 8th in 1990 the Constituent Assembly was held in the Croatian Society for breeding and training guide dogs for the blind persons  - it was registered and entered in the register of social organizations of Republic of Croatia on February  4th 1991. The Association changed its name in 1994 to the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association.

As the only non-profit organization in Croatia, the Association has developed  rehabilitation programs incorporating guide and service dogs for the mobility of blind and other persons with disabilities and children with developmental difficulties. (Download our Statute)

Simultaneously with a program of training and assignment of service dogs, there was a need for sensitizing citizens about the rights, possibilities, and needs of the blind persons and the humane role of dogs in their lives because of the position of guide dog users. As the result of these needs, Association gradually developed educational - promotional programmes whose activities were aimed at all age groups of citizens.

In 1998. the Croatian Parliament adopted a decision on promulgation of the Law about the free movement of a visually impaired person with guide dog (Official Gazette 131/98). The Law regulates the right of a visually impaired person with guide dog to use public transport and to have free access to public places. All the provisions of the Law are applicable to service dogs′ users and to service dogs’ trainers with dogs currently in training.