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Life is Beautiful

Life is beautiful with Koha, the very first Guide Dogs WA Autism Assistance Dog.

Community Fundraising

Grant a puppy a wish!

Share the puppy love by giving some much loved items to our Guide Dog puppies this Christmas.

Our Dog Careers

Welcome to our new Ambassador Dogs!

We’re excited to announce that our three new official Guide Dogs WA Ambassador Dogs are… *drumroll please*…

Guide Dog Program

Wanted! Temporary homes for Guide Dogs in training

Do you have room for one more? You can be a part of something special: the life-changing journey of raising a Guide Dog! The Guide Dog program in WA is in desperate need of Formal Boarders over the coming months.

Guide Dog Program

How to act around a Guide Dog

When you meet a Guide Dog for the first time, you may wonder what you should and shouldn’t do. You are not alone! To help you with this, we’ve put together a few handy tips that might be useful.

Our Dog Careers

Eric graduates with sweet treat Sundae

“Sundae has taken so much pressure off of me, which I held just to maintain my independence. I have really enjoyed the difference Sundae has made. Getting a Guide Dog has been a life-changing experience.”

Community Fundraising

Give Guide Dogs emergency medical care

The Emergency Vet Fund provides for unexpected or non-routine vet care for our dogs. This vital fund urgently needs replenishing if we are to continue providing critical vet care to our working dogs and puppies in training.

Puppy Raising

Puppy Raising: a new family experience

“I love everything about having a Guide Dog Puppy. We get to watch him grow and teach him new things. We get to watch his reaction to all these new experiences and it’s just so great to see,” explains Puppy Raiser Jo.

Sponsors & Partners

Limited edition Hangdog Art merchandise available now!

The collection, inspired by the Guide Dogs themselves, is “designed to be worn and used with love and a warm grin – as well as some good style sense! I’ve tried to capture the mix of dignity and adorableness that Guide Dogs have in spades.”

Guide Dog Program

Life is Beautiful

Life is beautiful with Koha, the very first Guide Dogs WA Autism Assistance Dog.

Community Fundraising

Grant a puppy a wish!

Share the puppy love by giving some much loved items to our Guide Dog puppies this Christmas.

Our Dog Careers

Jock finds his new career

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since Ambassador Dog Jock has appeared at our fundraising events and on social media. We’re thrilled to share with you that Jock has been placed as a Companion Dog for a young girl named Maeve.

Guide Dog Program

WA’s first ‘Kiwi’ Guide Dog Puppies

"These two - Bobby and Cassie - are our first intake of puppies from New Zealand, so it'll be very interesting to see how these guys go!" said Joshua Crawford, Puppy Raising Coordinator.

Puppy Raising

Harriet awarded volunteer of the year

Now raising her seventh Guide Dog Puppy, Harriet’s hard work and dedication has been recognised as she’s taken home the Town of Cambridge Volunteer of the Year Award.

Guide Dog Program

Guide Dogs most trusted charity

Guide Dogs Australia has been announced as Australia’s Most Trusted Charity Brand for the fifth consecutive year as part of the annual Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey.

Guide Dog Program

Tegan’s dream of independence

Tegan has never experienced independence – because she has never seen the world around her. She tells us that if she had a Guide Dog, she would feel happy and free. She would be independent, like her big sister Chloe.

Community Fundraising

Street Appeal 2017 – the results are in!

Determined volunteers donned bright orange T-shirts as the sun rose on International Guide Dog Day, moving to the streets to shake Mini Dog collection containers and sold brand new Guide Dog merchandise to the excited passers-by.

Sponsors & Partners

LandCorp’s sponsorship journey

“Everyone in LandCorp could relate to sponsoring a Guide Dog because we see our staff member Kate with her Guide Dog Lucy every day and we knew we were helping someone else just like her. That was really key.”

Our Dog Careers

Demi opens up opportunities for Bailey

Bailey has calmed down incredibly since Demi arrived. He is more settled and his daily routine is more stable. Previously, Bailey’s out-of-control outbursts could last for hours, but with Demi by his side, they only last for 30 seconds.

Sponsors & Partners

Grill’d get sizzling for Guide Dogs

“On April 26, International Guide Dog Day, Brookfield Place Grill’d will be donating $3 from every burger sold, to Guide Dogs WA. So treat yourself to a burger, and help raise the next generation of Guide Dogs!”

Community Fundraising

Willow inspires Kaylene’s dive for dogs

Kaylene is excited to Dive for Dogs on 13 May to raise vital funds for the training of Guide Dogs in WA. “It’s an amazing job these dogs do. They change a person’s life, and Guide Dogs WA relies on fundraising to make it happen.”

Community Fundraising

Kevin aims for the sky

“It’s easy for us all to take good health and vision for granted. Life is precious and fragile, take notice of others for whom everyday life isn’t so easy and consider how lucky we are. This is a great cause – so get on board!”

Community Fundraising

Beth the ‘crazy Canuck’ dives for dogs

“Why jump out of a plane? Well, I have just finished FIFO and I’m in between jobs. When I saw this event I thought why not! I can do this! It has given me a sense of purpose and I like that.”

Community Fundraising

Jeremy tackles new heights for Guide Dogs

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Perth Paralympian Jeremy McClure will be celebrating International Guide Dog Day on 26 April by Abseiling down one of the city’s tallest buildings – QV1.

Community Fundraising

Brendon’s dive for Jessie

“Close your eyes for a minute, now imagine you can't open them ever again. Sounds harsh doesn't it? How would you cope without the sight that most of us take for granted each day? This is why I’m diving for dogs!”

Puppy Raising

“Life with Bailey is never dull!”

Despite the fact that it can be hard when the time comes to give the puppy back, Jan finds the role of Puppy Raising very satisfying and rewarding. “I know what an amazing asset a Guide Dog is, and I wanted to be part of that process.”

Our Dog Careers

Therapy Dog Harry goes ‘back to school’

“Harry can detect when the kids are upset. He just knows. He’ll go and sit with them and put his head on their lap. He can get through to them in a way that nothing else can.”

Sponsors & Partners

Generous Jean remembers her love, Tom

“To see all these little puppies turn into responsible dogs and see what they do—it really is changing lives. For the individuals, but also for their entire families. It’s giving people their lives back.”

Our Dog Careers

“If I had a Guide Dog, I wouldn’t have to live like this.”

“I feel totally alone. I don’t feel confident. If I’m in a crowded room, I start to panic. I can’t focus. My heart races and I feel dizzy. I just have to get out of there. But I can’t find my way out!” says Jacqui.

Sponsors & Partners

The 2017 Calendar results are in!

With the help of Coles WA, more than 10,000 of these calendars are out in the community, raising more than $57,000 for the Guide Dog program. Thanks, Coles WA!

Our Dog Careers

Barry and Pluto shoot for the stars

“I’m so grateful to the donors. Without them, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with a dog like Pluto. I would miss out on a lot. I owe my quality of life to them.”

Our Dog Careers

Companion Dog Bonnie is a precious gift

Since Bonnie’s arrival, Beau’s anxiety has eased. And with her by his side, Beau’s family can finally relax—because since having Bonnie, he has not had a single seizure.

Community Fundraising

Unique gift ideas at Perth Upmarket

“At our upcoming Perth Upmarkets, you will find Guide Dog volunteers selling merchandise, shopping bags and also fundraising. There will even be a few puppies in training there to meet—including Bella!”

Our Dog Careers

“Bonnie is just what Beau needed”

Despite being on medication, Beau still suffered from seizures. Earlier this year he was rushed to hospital vomiting, after a horrific seizure at school. He had fallen, hitting his head on the desk so hard that he was concussed.

Community Fundraising

Will you ‘come dine with me’?

“Mental wellbeing is so important and it can often be impacted by isolation or the loss of freedom and independence. I feel very fortunate. I could have lost more but I still have a lot in my life and I’d like to give something back.”

Sponsors & Partners

Sneak peek at the 2017 Calendar

A behind the scenes sneak peek at the 2017 Coles Guide Dog Calendar photoshoot at Araluen Botanic Park!

Bequests

‘Tony’ Lightfoot’s vision for Guide Dogs

The generous gift left in Tony’s Will has helped to support the life-changing work of our Guide Dogs, and because of his heartfelt generosity, Tony’s legacy will live on for many years to come.

Our Dog Careers

Coco the chocolate delight sweetens Robert’s life

Coco is a walking invitation for people to come up and chat to Robert. He isn’t shy or embarrassed any more. And thanks to Coco, Robert has rediscovered himself.

Our Dog Careers

“When I lost my vision, I lost myself”

Robert had made it into his twenties ignoring the fact that his world was darkening. “I live with a horrible fear. One more drop in my vision and it will be gone completely. It’s as bad as it gets now—until it’s gone.”

Sponsors & Partners

National Hot (Guide) Dog Day at Wendy’s

On 23 – 24 July, for every delicious hot dog sold at Wendy’s stores across Australia, $1 will be donated to Guide Dogs Australia— so Public Relations ambassa-dog Luna visited Wendy’s Booragoon to share her supPAWt!

Puppy Raising

Fletcher fetches a rave review

Narelle explains how she feels about the Puppy Raising experience: “I wouldn’t say ‘challenge’ is in the vocabulary at all. It’s been much more of a joy—pure joy—he just gives us so much.”

Guide Dog Program

Not your ordinary Minister visit

Hon Tony Simpson MLA had a particularly fun afternoon last week—the Minister for Youth was treated to a special Puppy Class with Guide Dog Trainer Cadet, Emily!

Community Fundraising

Inspiring Jaxx the superhero

Maria and Luke’s two young boys were diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome three years ago, and this is what inspired little Jaxx’s name—one X in his name for each of the boys.

Guide Dog Program

Meet Chelsea: Guide Dog in training

Eager to please, Chelsea has been taking training walks into the city. Chelsea has learned foundation guiding skills and is now in the process of consolidating these skills across the full range of environments.

VisAbility

Little Mariah living life to the fullest

“Mariah has no depth perception, and can’t see curbs, steps, slopes, ditches, bumps, and edges. This means we have to be her eyes for her, and advise her of these tripping/falling hazards.”

VisAbility

17-year-old Harry embraces being different

“I have Albinism, meaning that I have very pale skin, white hair and a vision impairment. I need to wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun and improve my fashion,” says Harry.

Community Fundraising

HBF Run for a Reason wrap-up

With less than two weeks to go, you can help team Jog 4 A Dog reach our goal of $35,000 to sponsor a very special Guide Dog puppy!

Guide Dog Program

Meet the puppies: Cody, Bella and Cleo

These specialised breeding lines give us puppies with the temperament needed for becoming a Guide Dog, and also reduced incidences of inherited conditions—both very important when choosing a Guide Dog puppy.

Our Dog Careers

Penny is in safe paws with Robbie

So far, the new team, Penny and Robbie, are bonding well in these early months of life together. It was difficult at first, but it’s getting easier and easier for the pair.

Sponsors & Partners

Coles band together for Guide Dogs

Coles WA stores placed handy $2 donation cards at their checkouts for shoppers to purchase on their way out, as well as hosting extra fundraising raffles and sausage sizzles.

Guide Dog Program

Meet the puppies: Gully, Jaxx and Comet

There was high levels of excitement when the puppies arrived, as they explored the Children and Youth Services playground (which had lots of yummy leaves on the ground).

Puppy Raising

Raising Lulu

Whilst raising and caring for Lulu, we were always asked “how can you give her up?”

Our Dog Careers

Robbie takes the lead

At ten years old, Zimba was due to retire. Lucky for Penny, another beautiful black Labrador named Robbie was waiting in the wings.

Guide Dog Program

Trainer Victoria shifts to the shore

Are you interstate or overseas and looking to make the move to sunny Perth? Are you qualified as a Guide Dog Trainer or Instructor? If the answer is ‘yes’, we want you to join our Guide Dog training family!

Community Fundraising

Thelma’s a real draw card

All Mother’s Day weekend Guide Dog puppies-in-training su-PAW-vised Thelma’s card stall, raising a massive $2,435.70.

Community Fundraising

Street Appeal 2016: the results are in!

225 West Australians took to the Perth CBD on Wednesday 27 April, celebrating the incredible gift of Guide Dogs - and the freedom and independence they provide.

Community Fundraising

Guide Dogs at the Maylands Street Festival

Guide Dog puppies-in-training Bailey, Jesmond and Barnsey dropped by at various points throughout the day to help Luna work the crowd.

Community Fundraising

Stephen’s Vision to Sponsor a Puppy

Scuba diver, cyclist and self-described ‘IT nerd’, Stephen Best, is banding together with other passionate West Australians to Jog 4 A Dog in 2016.

Guide Dog Program

Autumn Edition of PawPrints is out now!

Love seeing pictures of our new Guide Dog puppies? The Autumn edition of our newsletter, PawPrints, has this covered – and more!

Our Dog Careers

Tom opens up Janine’s world

“I went from being frustrated, feeling sad and trapped in my home to feeling free. Tom didn’t just give me independence; he has opened up my world.”

Our Dog Careers

“His eyes are my eyes”

Thanks to Tom, Janine sees life differently now. "Before receiving Tom, I was housebound. All my friends and family were working and I couldn’t leave my house by myself."

Community Fundraising

Jog 4 A Dog to Help Sponsor a Puppy!

This year, fundraisers who Jog 4 A Dog are working towards a unique goal: to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy as a team!

VisAbility

Jono’s Journey to Independence

For Jonathan (Jono) Mills, finding employment was no simple task. At only ten years old, doctors diagnosed Jono with an eye condition called Leber’s Optic Neuropathy.

Our Dog Careers

Canine Companions a Highlight

"The benefits are very broad,” said Shea. “They basically become another family member, often becoming a best friend.”

Volunteer

From Supporter to Volunteer

When Lin Matthews retired from her High School Library Officer job, she turned to volunteering for a bit of added variety. “I came in to buy a Guide Dog Calendar and asked the shop assistant how I could help!”

Sponsors & Partners

Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio partners with Guide Dogs WA

Alex Cearns has always enjoyed photoshoots with Guide Dog puppies-in-training in her North Perth studio – so much so, that she has come on board as our new Campaign Ambassador and Official Studio Photography Partner.

Community Fundraising

Charity Gala Funds Buddy Dog Program

A charity gala has raised $215,430 to fund the Buddy Dog program, which will create a lasting difference in the lives of WA children and adults with disability and other special needs.

Our Dog Careers

Guide Dog Cali Restores Jayne’s Trust

At just 20, Jayne found herself in an unthinkable situation. She was assaulted so severely by the father of her children, it left her blind. “Training with Cali was very emotional. I had to put my trust in someone else."

Volunteer

Looking for PAW-esome team members!

Are you looking for the PAW-fect opportunity to help Guide Dogs in 2017? Are you excited to make a real difference in the lives of West Australians? Can you start straight away?

VisAbility

VisAbility Sydney-Hobart Sailor Returns

VisAbility staff member Ryan Honschooten has dreamt of competing in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race for years.

Sponsors & Partners

Prairie Dunes take the lead at Christmas

Prairie Dunes Place has raised an amazing $167,115 and sponsored seven Guide Dog puppies so far. This latest fundraising total of $8,825.75 will put them on track to sponsor puppy number eight!

Bequests

Frank Mitchell’s Lasting Legacy

Frank was an “everyday man” who gave discreetly, and on the rare occasions he stopped in to make his donation he would leave before we had a chance to thank him for his generosity.

VisAbility

Perth-born Paralympian prepares for Rio

23-year old Chad Perris has grown up with a vision impairment, but it hasn’t held him back from achieving his major life goals. This year, he plans to compete in the Rio Olympics, and after that, it’s London and Tokyo.

Volunteer

Meet Max, a valued Mini Dog volunteer

A typical day in Max’s volunteer routine is a day-time ‘shift’ in Perth suburbs, where he meets with local shop owners to collect and replace full Mini and Model Dogs.

VisAbility

Guide Dogs go to University

On Wednesday 2 December, a number of Guide Dogs performed training drills on campus to mark International Day of People with Disability, which was held on 3 December.

Guide Dog Program

Guide Dog Trainer Jon shares his experience

“Helping people gives me real job satisfaction! Every dog is different which brings variety and unique challenges every week.”

Our Dog Careers

Guide Dog Rinty is a true angel

For Lorna, Rinty has been a true guardian angel: “Rinty takes care of me now. He doesn’t replace my husband—but he looks after me. He has saved my life.”

Bequests

Mena Changes a Life

Amy first began to lose her vision at age 12, but she was not officially diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) until she was 24 – and her sight continues to degenerate. “A Guide Dog is life-changing!"

Guide Dog Program

A window into the Guide Dog Program

Do you want to work with Guide Dogs, but aren’t sure how to get started? Or maybe you just want to be able to spot a Guide Dog Trainer from a Training Instructor...

Bequests

Guide Dog Goldie is a gold star

Now, since losing 97 per cent of his sight, Richard has found a new companion and guide in Goldie.

Puppy Raising

Meet Laura and puppy-in-training Annie

“Once you do make the decision and you welcome the puppy into your home, it is one of the most rewarding experiences I think you can have with a dog.”

Community Fundraising

Can You Eat Your Dinner in the Dark?

For the second year running, Guide Dogs WA has launched the annual fundraising campaign, Dining in the Dark, asking the community to host a dinner with friends in the dark or blindfolded.

Our Dog Careers

Companion Dog Zandie a true superhero

“Xavier has changed. He didn’t have any friends before Zandie came along, but now he joins in. He has friends and they take him everywhere and help him; he doesn’t miss out now.”

Community Fundraising

St Hilda’s Lap-a-thon

The Junior School students at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls recently decided to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and raised over $36,700 for the Guide Dog program.

Our Dog Careers

Jackie’s Guardian Angel has Paws

“Life can change so quickly and I am glad that I have Tara. She is loyal and helpful, and makes me laugh everyday with her cheeky ways. I am so thankful”.

Community Fundraising

Butterfly Kisses Cocktail Gala 2015

Five-year-old Grace Austin has overcome multiple obstacles in her life, and it was her high spirit and determination that inspired her mum, Felicity, to host a series of events to raise $30,000 for Guide Dogs WA.