A safety first approach to COVID-19

Prioritising safety and wellbeing

At Guide Dogs, the health and wellbeing of our clients, donors, supporters, volunteer, staff and members of the Guide Dogs community is our number one priority.

The coronavirus has changed how we deliver vital services to Queenslanders with vision loss, but thanks to your support, we are still here, committed as ever, helping our clients and training our special dogs through these challenging and changing times.

Thank you for continuing to support Guide Dogs during this time. We really couldn’t do what we do without you!

Providing support during this time

As this situation continues to evolve, we will continue our work to empower Queenslanders with vision loss to live how they want, adapting our processes in line with government advice and recommendations.

We are passionate about working together with our clients, volunteers and supporters to navigate the road ahead.

How are we providing services?

We are working hard to maintain regular contact with our clients through innovative services like telehealth, which helps minimise the risk of Queenslanders with vision loss becoming isolated and disengaged during this challenging period.

As restrictions ease we are returning to face-to-face services where it is possible and safe to do so. We’ll be contacting clients who have scheduled sessions to set up the support that works best for each individual and their environment.

If you are seeking support or wishing to access services during this time, please contact our friendly team on 3500 9060 or at [email protected]

Helpful resources

During this time, it’s important to stay connected and up-to-date with information and changes. We’ve gathered some links which we hope will be helpful for you during this time.

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Queensland Government

For the latest coronavirus information from the Queensland Government

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Stay connected online

Blind Citizens Australia are holding a variety of online sessions over on their Facebook pagee

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National Coronavirus Helpline

Call1800 020 080.

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Australian Government Department of Health

The latest information and fact sheets for the public, health professionals, industry, parents, schools and universities.

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World Health Organisation

Find up-to-date information on the pandemic

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Australian Government

For the latest coronavirus information from the Australian Government

How is Guide Dogs being affected?

The coronavirus shutdowns have significantly impacted us here at Guide Dogs. Our fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed until at least July 2020 and our iconic collection dogs, sitting in supermarkets and shops all over the state, remain uncollected for the foreseeable future.

Our volunteer community have also been impacted, with most volunteering opportunities on hold to ensure the safety of our dedicated community of supporters.

While we can’t currently hold events, or offer community volunteering, we are looking forward to the wonderful opportunities we will be able to enjoy with the Guide Dogs community when it is safe for us to do so.

How you can support Guide Dogs during this time

While much of the world as we know it is on hold, here at Guide Dogs, we’re busier than ever.  We have three young litters of pups in our nursery, with another on the way that all need support and training.

In these uncertain times, we remain dedicated to continuing to support Queenslanders with vision loss, but we need your help to do this.

Together, we can empower Queenslanders to live their lives how they want to. Here are a few ways you can lend your support during this time. Any gift, big or small, will be a valuable contribution to ensuring our newest recruits have the best possible chance of becoming Guide Dogs.

Donate

Any gift, big or small, during this time makes a difference.

Become a Puppy Raiser

Have you considered raising a puppy for Guide Dogs? Now could be the perfect time. Click here to find out if Puppy Raising is right for you.

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Pick up some paw-fect merchandise

Are you looking for different ways to keep entertained while spending more time at home?  Click here to get your paws on some labr-adorable merchandise.

Put your paw in the lottery draw

You can lend your support to Guide Dogs while also putting yourself in the draw to win $30,000 gold bullion or a brand new car! Purchase a ticket here.

Despite everything going on in the world right now, we still have clients to support and dogs to train, so we need your help, now more than ever.  Your contribution will help keep our programs running.

We have 19 new promising puppies who are already learning quickly and ready to embark on the next stage of their training. 

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Guide Dogs Queensland

Keep up-to-date with our newest litters!

There is still a lot going on at Guide Dogs, especially in our nursery, where the pitter patter of tiny has been especially loud with two new litters born over the past month!

To keep up-to-date with puppy news, and inspiring stories from the Queenslanders you are supporting, visit our Facebook page here or find us on Instagram here.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter here!

Keep up-to-date with our newest litters!

There is still a lot going on at Guide Dogs, especially in our nursery, where the pitter patter of tiny has been especially loud with two new litters born over the past month!

To keep up-to-date with puppy news, and inspiring stories from the Queenslanders you are supporting, visit our Facebook page here or find us on Instagram here.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter here!

How does coronavirus affect dogs?

At this stage, there is no evidence that dogs can contract and become sick from COVID-19.

While the current evidence suggests that dogs do not play a role in transmission of the virus to people, it’s still always a good idea to keep your paws clean!

Top tips to keep your dog entertained during this time

Are you working from home while also trying to keep your fur-colleagues entertained? Or perhaps your dog is just demanding attention now that you’re home more often. Here are three simple tricks, courtesy of our Guide Dog Trainers, to keep your furry friend occupied so you can still attend to your im-paw-tant work tasks!

1. Give your dog a window seat

Dogs love having a spot where they can look at the outside world. Beyond keeping them distracted, they also become familiarised with the goings-on of the neighbourhood.

2. Plan a scavenger hunt!

Hiding some goodies and toys all around the house. Your furry friend can use their senses and find these rewards.

3. Homemade toys

In the video below, Guide Dogs Mobility Instructor Jason shows you how to create the paw-fect toy to keep your dog busy!

Thank you for your ongoing support of Guide Dogs during this challenging time. Our supporters are a valued and significant part of our dogs’ lives and vital in ensuring we can continue delivering quality care to our clients.

Who do I contact for support?

If you are a client of Guide Dogs Queensland or would like to find out more information about our services, please call 3500 9060 or email [email protected]

If you have a query relating to your Guide Dog, please call 3500 9050.

If you are a Guide Dogs Queensland supporter or have any general enquiries, please call 1800 810 122.

If you have any questions relating to the Guide Dog puppy you are raising, please contact your instructor.

Phone
Call 1800 810 122
Email
[email protected]