Guide Dogs Australia is urging the nation’s dog owners to walk their four-legged friends for 30 minutes every day.
By pledging to take part in the initiative, and getting friends and family to sponsor your efforts, you’ll be helping to raise funds to train a Guide Dog that will provide years of independence and companionship to someone with blindness or low vision.
Research, based on a Guide Dogs Australia survey of 1,000 Australian dog owners in June 2022, found that only a quarter of Australians report walking their dogs at least once a day and, when they do get out, the vast majority of walks last less than 40 minutes.
And owners are feeling guilty about this, especially when many of them have returned to working in the office rather than from home where they can regularly interact with their pets.
Committing to a 30-minute walk with your dog every day in August will help overcome this guilt, build new routines and help raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs Australia.
‘Mid-lockdown in 2020 we surveyed Australians and found over 80% were relying on their dogs for emotional support. Now it’s our dogs’ turn to rely on their owners to get them through a time of significant change by making a walk an immovable part of their routine this August,” Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Ryan Jones said.
“At Guide Dogs we are always grateful to our dogs, and PAWGUST is about encouraging Australians to get involved by getting outside and spending quality time with their four-legged friends, while raising money to help us raise and train more Guide Dogs at the same time,’ said Mr Jones.
If a chilly winter walk with your dog isn’t on your radar, you can also support the cause by shopping at PETStock who are working towards raising $200,000 for the cause.
You can make your pledge to walk, get sponsors on board, and find out more about PAWGUST by visiting PAWGUST.com.au.