PUP ACADEMY: Celebrating graduating Guide Dogs in the Hunter

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will present six dogs with their very first harnesses at a celebration in Swansea next week.

Four promising Guide Dogs and two Therapy Dogs, trainers, and generous supporters who included a Gift in their Will, are set to be honoured at a ceremony at Swansea RSL.

The upcoming Graduation Day signifies the culmination of extensive training for the four future Guide Dogs.

Saskia, Questa, Unix, and Treacle have spent five months undergoing intensive training at the Guide Dog Centre learning the skills they’ll need to safely guide individuals with sight loss.

Next week’s event aims to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution these dogs are poised to make in the lives of individuals with low vision and blindness.

In addition to the Guide Dogs, two Therapy Dogs named Mac and Natty will also be graduating.

These Therapy Dogs will be placed with individuals or in various facilities, including schools, nursing homes, psychologists’ offices, counsellors’ practices, rehabilitation clinics, and even courtrooms. Their mission is to provide companionship and emotional support to those in need.

This extraordinary Graduation Day not only celebrates the promising futures of these dogs but also honours the generosity of individuals who have left a Gift in their Will to Guide Dogs. Over 50% of Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs are made possible through the kindness of such supporters.

“We have a wonderful group of graduating Guide Dogs who will soon be matched with a person in the community who is living with low vision or blindness,” Training and Dog Manager at Guide Dogs, Melinda Bowden said.

“We also want to recognize that this Graduation has been made possible because of Gift in Wills and so
we’re incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we receive from all of donors that allows us to continue our vital work.”

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