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 $6 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.
Guide Dogs Australia receives minimal government funding and therefore relies on the generous support of the community to fund programs and services such as: Guide Dogs, Orientation and mobility services, Assistance Dogs, Daily Living Services, Adaptive Technology, Client Support and Client Advocacy.
Here's what our PAWGUST community has achieved in just five years
raised for Guide Dogs
people and pooches participated in PAWGUST
Guide Dogs funded across Australia
Every dollar raised, no matter how big or small, will supPAWt Guide Dogs puppies in training. These PAWsome dogs will one day give confidence and freedom to a person with low vision or blindness living in your community.
$30 will pay for tasty rewards to help puppies, like Riley, master vital guiding skills.
$55 will pay for a cane to help children like Tom get around safely.
$124 will pay for a special harness to help dogs, like Lucky, work safely with an Instructor.
$290 will pay for a graduated Guide Dog to spend special one-on-one time training with their new human, like Ingrid and Banner.
Did you know:
- It costs in excess of $50,000 to breed, raise and train a Guide 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 575,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision and this number is expected to significantly increase.
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.