About Guiding Paws ICT

Guiding Paws Mission:

The mission of Guiding Paws is to ensure that every blind person in Wichita receives a guide dog. We are dedicated to bringing awareness to people about guide dogs and their role in helping visually impaired persons gain independence.

Ways to Help

Guiding Paws ICT relies on your generosity to help fulfill our mission. There are several ways to help and we’d love for you to become part of our cause!

Financial Support

Our #1 goal is to provide guide dogs to blind individuals. This costs $45K–60K PER dog! For most, this expense is far too high. That same cost spread out is LESS than $100 per gift!

Spread The Word

Share our cause with friends, family, and coworkers! Awareness is vital in helping us reach potential donors, and we can’t do it alone! We need you to help to get the word out today.

Volunteer

We host events, workshops and presentations throughout the year asking for support and educating the masses on the importance of guide dogs and their benefits for blind persons.

Andrew Crane and Vaughn
Andrew Crane and Vaughn

Meet Andrew Crane & Vaughn

Andrew Crane is a truly special and unique individual. With a personality larger than life, a smile big enough to brighten any room, and a genuine passion and enthusiasm for people, his first impression is one that’s never forgotten.

As a blind person who has lived and worked in Wichita his entire life, Andrew’s unique perspective has allowed him to become an ambassador for the blind and visually impaired community. In a short amount of time, Andrew has built relationships with and gained the respect of key individuals in city government, as well as national organizations such as Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Aira.

Andrew knows first-hand the frustrations and obstacles blind individuals face each day. He is also fortunate enough to know exactly how much a guide dog can improve the quality of life for visually impaired individuals.

Meet Vaughn. Andrew’s most trusted friend, companion, and perhaps the BEST ambassador for our cause! Vaughn has gone through highly specialized, and lengthy training to become a reliable and integral part of Andrew’s daily routine. While Vaughn may look like an ordinary dog, he’s SO much more! Vaughn helps Andrew navigate sidewalks and busy streets, building interiors, and even assists him at work. Without Vaughn’s help, Andrew would have a very different daily life.

Vaughn is Andrew’s second guide dog, and he helps Andrew carry out the dream that was inspired by Andew’s personal experience with his first guide dog, Orzo. Andrew’s life changing experience with Orzo sparked an idea that has become a beacon of inspiration and hope for the blind community. His zeal and optimism are contagious in the best way! All it takes is 5 minutes of conversation with Andrew and you’ll be ready to jump in feet first.

We couldn’t be more proud to have Andrew at the helm of this revolutionary venture. Our hearts are full and focused on the tasks ahead and look forward to the coming years as our organization grows and fulfills its purpose – to make sure every blind and visually impaired individual in Wichita receives a guide dog.