Today is International Guide Dog Day!
We use this day to recognise Guide Dogs all over the world and the life-changing role they play in the lives of people who are blind and vision impaired.
Fun Fact #1: Our amazing dogs really love their training. Did you know that our dogs have an average of 80 training sessions to learn the skills they need to be a qualified Guide Dog? That means they take about 3.5 million steps on their four furry paws during their training!*
This year’s International Guide Dog Day theme is Get on Board. Guide Dogs Queensland helps thousands of blind and vision impaired Queenslanders each year but there are still many thousands who have not yet sought support.
Some may choose to go it alone, but many just need a bit of encouragement to reach out and find out about the many free services Guide Dogs offers – from mobility training to counselling to daily living aids, we offer a lot more than just our iconic Guide Dogs.
We’re calling on members of the community to get on board and encourage those who need assistance with their low vision to get in touch with us on Freecall 1800 810 122.
Fun Fact #2: A Guide Dog with a vision impaired handler who works full-time in the city will travel on about 4,000 trains, buses or ferries during their working life.*
We know that after just a few hours of one-on-one support or training from our Guide Dogs Instructors, we can make a huge difference to someone’s life. For some, it’s enough to get them out of their homes and rebuild that feeling of confidence again, despite their low vision.
If you know someone who might need support dealing with blindness or low vision, please encourage them to take that next step and contact us.
Help and support is just a phone call away – Freecall 1800 810 122.
Happy International Guide Dog Day and thank you for your ongoing support to make what we do possible. We’d be lost without you.
*Figures are estimates only based on an average dog and a repetitive training/work schedule.