A GUIDE dog association wants better identifi cation for guide dogs in training so they will not be rejected by shops and restaurants.
The carer of a guide dog in training posted on a Facebook group on Christmas Day that a staff member at Cross Cafe in Sai Wan shut the door in her face after telling her that the cafe held an “absolutely unwelcoming” attitude towards guide dogs.
The post sparked public anger, attracting more than 18,000 reactions and 5,700 shares in two days. The cafe later apologised on its Facebook page and said it welcomed visually impaired persons to visit with guide dogs.
Fianna Chi Tan-ning (遲淡寧) of the Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association (香港導盲犬協會) said it was not uncommon to see guide dogs being refused entry to public places. Link REIT is currently the only company with a policy in place to allow guide dogs as well as those undergoing training into its malls.
Chi believed the caf? incident was caused by insufficient knowledge about guide dog services.
A guide dog lives in volunteer families for about a year for training before becoming a formal guide dog with an identification certificate.
But a guide dog undergoing training does not have such licence or certificate, which may cause them problems at public places. Chi urged for more public promotion and a licensing system for such dogs.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 04 January 2018)
Cross Cafe facebook page
Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association