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Guide Dogs Winner Trusted Brand 2018 LogoGuide Dogs enable extraordinary transformation in the lives of people living with blindness and vision impairment.

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

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.

We want to see a world where everybody who needs a Guide Dog, has a Guide Dog.

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. If you want to help support more West Australians living with blindness and vision impairment, you can fundraise with us, donate today or find out how to sponsor a Guide Dog.

In addition to Guide Dogs, there are many types of mobility aids available to people who are blind or vision impaired. To find out more about specialist orientation and mobility support and aids such as white canes, Miniguides or GPS, visit the VisAbility website. You can also find information on our conference facilities, corporate governance, policies and how to provide feedback at the VisAbility website.

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

Other members of Guide Dogs Australia include:

Owned and operated by VisAbility, Guide Dogs WA relies on the generous support of the community to fund the Guide Dog program.

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

Guide Dogs Australia would like to acknowledge some of its major national corporate supporters for their ongoing commitment to assisting Australians who are blind or vision impaired:

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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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