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Meet Tassie’s first guide dog puppies

THE first guide dog puppies ever born in the state, adorable Dora and Digby will one day support a Tasmanian in need.

Born in November 2022 in the outskirts of Hobart, Dora and Digby are the first litter of three-year-old Tasmanian-raised guide dog Freda.

Guide Dogs Tasmania CEO Anna Presser said the birth of the puppies was a very happy occasion for the organisation.

“Guide Dogs Tasmania has been supporting people in our community for more than 50 years and we are delighted to share the news of these gorgeous puppies,” she said.

“With expert training provided by the staff and volunteers of Guide Dogs Tasmania they will go on to change the lives of people living in the Tasmanian community.”

Digby and Dora will live with a volunteer puppy raiser for the next 18 months where they will be raised and socialised before entering formal training for their chosen career path.

Guide Dogs Tasmania program manager Kim Ryan said Dora and Digby would help to meet increasing needs in Tasmania.

“Guide and assistance dogs change the world for Tasmanians living with low vision, disability and illness – they offer people in our community independence, safety and inclusion,” she said.

“We are currently seeking volunteer raisers who can take puppies into their homes and help socialise and raise them before they go onto formal training.

“New volunteers will mean our program can grow and we can help even more Tasmanians in need.”

To find out more visit guidedogstas.com.au

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