Today we are proud to announce that the Puppy Raising Program will now be available in Canberra and ACT. Locals are now able to play an invaluable role in preparing a Guide Dog puppy it for its career as a life changing Guide Dog.
At seven weeks of age, our future Guide Dog puppies leave the Guide Dogs Centre or the homes of their Home Whelping and Rearing volunteers to be raised by volunteer Puppy Raisers. These dedicated Puppy Raisers provide a loving home for the pups for 12 months before returning them to the Guide Dogs Centre to start their official Guide Dog training. Here is a glimpse of what the first few weeks is like for new recruits.
Guide Dog Schools from across globe converge on Sydney for International Guide Dog Federation Seminar
Three hundred delegates representing more than 90 Guide Dog Schools and Associations from across the globe will converge on Sydney this 14 - 16 September for the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) Seminar.
Ajax, a two-year-old yellow Labrador from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, has now joined Trundle Central School as a Therapy Dog.
Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive eye condition and one of the most common causes of blindness in Australia. This eye condition causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain resulting in a gradual, often symptomless loss of vision.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is excited to be working with the NSW Government on the new Canine Court Companion Program, with our Therapy Dogs set to provide comfort and companionship to court users. We are now seeking enthusiastic volunteer Therapy Dog handlers to join the program from this September.
Koda is a beautifully natured yellow Labrador and quite the celebrity around the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia. The Guide Dog Training Team will often refer to Koda as the ‘freakishly adorable gentle giant’ and he’s among the most memorable and honoured Labradors to date.
Growing up, Lindy’s dream was to stand on the podium with a Gold Medal around her neck. When Lindy was suddenly diagnosed with a rare eye condition, she was determined to continue to live a full and active life and prove that age and vision loss are no barriers for participation in sports and in life.
As September is National Therapy Dog Awareness Month, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the life-changing services our Therapy Dogs have been able to provide to people in difficult, stressful or traumatic situations.
Oral Health Therapist Louise and Owner of Plumbing Company Sam are a newly wedded couple that have always had pet dogs growing up and talked about having a dog of their own. After tying the knot last year, they became fur-parents by volunteering as Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and are now raising three–month–old Kingsley.