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About Us

Guide Dogs Winner Trusted Brand 2018 LogoGuide Dogs WA is the only Western Australian based provider of Guide Dog training services in the community. Guide Dogs WA provides life changing Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, Companion Dogs for children and adults with a disability, and Therapy Dogs for a school, hospital or therapy setting.

It takes over two years and costs more than $50,000 to train a Guide or Assistance Dog. Guide Dogs WA relies on the support of the community to provide these life changing services to Western Australians living with low vision, disability and illness.

Show your su-PAW-t today. You can fundraise with us, donate or find out how to sponsor a Guide Dog.

Two Guide Dogs in-training

Two Guide Dogs in Training

Guide Dogs WA is a member of Guide Dogs Australia*, which represents Australia’s state-based Guide Dog organisations.

Australians voted Guide Dogs Australia as their ‘Most Trusted Charity’ in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 READER’s DIGEST Trusted Brand Polls.

Our History

Guide Dogs WA is the original home of Guide Dogs in Australia. The first professionally trained and registered Guide Dog, Dreena, was brought to Australia from England in 1950 by Dr. Arnold Cook; a visionary West Australian who also happened to be blind.

Elsie Mead with Guide Dog Beau

Elsie Mead with Guide Dog Beau

After this, Dr. Cook established Australia’s first Guide Dog organisation in Perth in 1951. Within the first year, the first professionally Australian-trained Guide Dog, Beau, was working with his owner Elsie Mead.

You can find out more about the history of Guide Dogs by downloading the resource To Guide and Guard.

Guide Dogs WA is owned and operated by VisAbility.  Visit the VisAbility website to find out about specialist orientation and support services and aids.

VisAbility is honoured to have the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, as its official Patron.

Guide Dogs WA is a member of Guide Dogs Australia and the International Guide Dog Federation.

Guide Dogs Australia would like to acknowledge major national corporate supporters for their ongoing commitment to assisting Australians with low vision, disability and illness.

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*Guide Dogs Australia is the trading name of Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia, which is the national organisation comprised of the state and territory-based Guide Dog organisations across Australia.

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