The gift of independence is priceless
Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs SA/NT, Aaron Chia, says “In the short time Chelsea and Skylar have been together, they have already formed an incredible bond.”
“During this difficult period of isolation, many people are turning to their companion animals as a source of comfort and support. This is especially true for Guide Dog Handlers, so International Guide Dog Day is the perfect opportunity to honour our dogs and their life-changing work.
“While the support offered by a Guide Dog like Skylar is priceless, it costs more than $50,000 to raise and train each Guide Dog. If you’re looking for a way to mark International Guide Dog Day and say thanks to these incredible dogs, please consider making a donation to Guide Dogs so we can continue providing our vital services to the community.”
Guide Dogs Australia has another reason to celebrate this week, having been named Australia’s Most Trusted Charity Brand for the seventh time. The accolade was announced on Monday 27 April as part of Reader’s Digest’s Trusted Brands annual survey.
Mr Chia says, “We take this honour seriously and we deeply appreciate the community’s ongoing trust in us. Despite the difficult circumstances posed by COVID-19, we will continue to do everything we can to enable independence for people living with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families – now and into the future.”
This International Guide Dog Day, we invite you to watch Guide Dogs clients Erin, Daniel, Stephanie and Nikita share how a Guide Dog has changed their lives.