Guide Dogs Australia

About Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs delivers essential services to anyone who is blind or has low vision. All our services are provided at no cost to our clients.

We believe that vision loss will not and should not limit a person's independence. We provide assistance to anyone with vision loss, no matter what age or level of vision, and we work to ensure that people with low vision or blindness are active and involved members of the community. 

Since the first PAWGUST challenge in 2018, you have helped raise over $4.9 million dollars for Guide Dogs. Funds raised throughout PAWGUST go towards funding our wide range of services that help people with vision loss to enhance their mobility and independence. All our services are provided at no cost to our clients.

We receive minimal government funding, we rely on the generous support of the community to fund Guide Dogs programs and services such as: Guide Dogs, Orientation and mobility services, Assistance Dogs, Daily Living Services, Adaptive Technology, Client Support and Client Advocacy. 

Image shows Guide Dog puppy walking on lead with orange coat on.

Here's what our PAWGUST community has achieved in just four years

$4.94m

raised for Guide Dogs

45,689

people and pooches participated in PAWGUST

98

Guide Dogs funded across Australia

In 2022, here is where the money you raise will go:

$30 will pay for tasty rewards to help puppies, like Riley, master vital guiding skills.

Image shows Riley sitting perfectly next to his handler.

$55 will pay for a cane to help children like Tom get around safely.

Image shows boy using a cane.

$124 will pay for a special harness to help dogs, like Lucky, work safely with an Instructor. 

Image shows Guide Dog trainer sitting down next to a blonde Guide Dog wearing a harness.

$290 will pay for a graduated Guide Dog to spend special one-on-one time training with their new human, like Ingrid and Banner.

Image shows young girl resting her head on the head of her Guide Dog who is sitting next to her in a harness.

Did you know:

  • It costs in excess of $50,000 to breed, raise and train a Guide Dog or Assistance Dog.
  • Every hour of every day, an Australian family learns that their loved one will have severe or permanent sight loss. Nine of these Australians will eventually go blind.
  • It is estimated that there are over 450,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision and this number is expected to significantly increase.

THANK YOU

We would like to take a moment to say a huge, tail wagging thank you to every person and pooch who has participated in PAWGUST in previous years and to those who are going to be part of PAWGUST this year.

Together, we are achieving great things.