We know it’s been a challenging year for many. Many people have shared their feelings of increased isolation and lower confidence for the months ahead–particularly those with low vision and blindness–and we at Guide Dogs have had to find new ways to operate in the community. Despite these challenges, we’ve watched so many Guide Dogs change the lives of everyday Australians, including a few who we’ve dubbed the Guide Dog heroes of 2020.

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Highlighting Guide Dog heroes of 2020

Guide Dog Kamin is helping Handler Sean confidently navigate the streets – including one instance where he made his way through a busy university to get a COVID-19 test!

Reclassified Guide Dog Kenzo joined a major hospital’s emergency department and was quickly dubbed the ‘Director of Happiness’.

Guide Dog Hendrix has been instrumental in supporting Handler Linda to navigate her new area.

And double-degree holder (Therapy Dog and Companion Dog) Galen has provided much-needed companionship to Isabel, who sadly lost her husband at the end of last year and has had to isolate due to the pandemic.

Every Guide Dog is a hero, but we hope these stories show you just how much impact each Dog can have on people’s lives. And it’s all possible because of your generous donations.

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Why your donation matters

Christmas donations help us make a positive impact on thousands of people with low vision and blindness throughout the year.

Your donations provide the funds needed to develop highly trained Therapy Dogs, Canine Court Companion Dogs and more.

Your donations allow puppies to be born and raised in our dedicated Home Whelping program, who will go on to change lives.

Your donations cover the costs of thousands of training sessions, from home visits to onsite training and even telepractice sessions during COVID-19.

In short, your donations and support help us create the Guide Dog heroes of the future!

An image with Christmas tree stating developing a Guide Dog hero involves more than $50,000 and two years of intensive training