Guide Dogs leading the way

Tails were wagging for International Guide Dog Day in April as Guide Dogs Tasmania launched a new campaign to increase the public access rights of assistance dogs across the state.

The ‘guide dogs are always welcome’ campaign reinforces the legal rights of guide dogs and their handlers to access any event, business, public space and transport provider without discrimination.

Guide Dogs Tasmania chief executive officer Anna Presser said the new campaign showcased and celebrated the life-changing impact of Guide Dogs.

“Guide Dogs Tasmania holds a legacy of compassion and dedication that resonates throughout the state,” she said.

“The highly trained and bred dogs impact not only the lives of our clients but also their families and the communities in which they live.

“We are immensely grateful for the overwhelming support of our volunteers, donors and partners.

“Their unwavering commitment fuels our mission and enables us to continue transforming lives.

Guide Dogs Tasmania business manager Kim Ryan said guide/assistance dogs were more than pets and utilised by many as essential mobility aids.

“Guide dogs open a world of freedom, independence and safety for people living with little or no vision,” she said.

“They are more than companions, they are pathways to a life that was once out of reach.”

For more information or to register as a volunteer visit guidedogstasmania.com. au or call 03 6232 1222.

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