This International Guide Dog Day (26 April 2017), we’re launching ‘Guide Dog on Board’ bumper stickers and instruction cards designed to ensure all Queenslanders know how to help if a Guide Dog is involved in a car accident.
Guide Dog handler Tracey Dutton said the new initiative gives her peace of mind knowing that her Guide Dog will be taken care of in a difficult situation.
“My Guide Dog ‘Gordon’ means the world to me. He keeps me safe so I want to keep him safe too,” Tracey said.
“I would hate for ‘Gordon’ to be in the situation where people didn’t know what to do to help him if I wasn’t able to.
“It’s very comforting to know that there will be information quickly and easily available to people trying to help, to keep him safe and potentially save his life.”
Guide Dog Services Team Leader Jason Stankoski said the initiative was being launched to ensure people first on the scene of an accident know how to help quickly.
“As much as we rely on the help of the community to ensure our Guide Dogs are able to carry out their vital work, we also rely on everyone to help us keep them safe should they need it,” Jason said.
“Over the years we have been very fortunate that none of our dogs have been in this situation and we hope none ever are, but the bumper stickers are designed to assist if the worst does happen.
“The sticker will instruct you to check in the glove box for an information card, which provides all the information you need to take effective action to help the dog, depending on what condition it is in.
Jason said another Guide Dog handler initially suggested the idea after she was travelling in a car with her dog and wondered what would happen to her if they were involved in an accident.
“One of our Guide Dog handlers has really taken the lead for Guide Dog safety in bringing this idea forward,” he said.
“Our Guide Dogs are truly invaluable and change lives every day, so keeping them safe is of the utmost importance to us and we can’t do this without the help of the community.
“We’re pleased to be launching this initiative on International Guide Dog Day, which celebrates the important role Guide Dogs play to provide freedom and independence for people living with vision loss.”
The bumper stickers will be appearing on roads around the state soon. If you would like to find out more about how you can continue helping our Guide Dogs take the lead this International Guide Dog Day, click here or call us on 1800 810 122.