COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to escalate globally and in Australia we want to provide an update to the programs at Guide Dogs Tasmania.

The Guide Dogs Tasmania offices in Hobart and Launceston will close to the public and staff at 5pm on Friday 27 March 2020. The safety and wellbeing of all our clients, volunteers, dogs and staff remains is our priority so we are adapting what we do in order to ensure the continuation of services to Tasmanians who are living with low vision, disability and illness.

From this time all staff and dogs will be working remotely from their homes, and are contactable via email, telephone and through video conferencing. (see details below).

What does this mean in practice?

Our Dogs
The 29 pups and dogs in the training program will continue to grow, learn, develop and be taught the skills that will ensure they can provide a lifetime of freedom, independence and companionship to our clients. Every dog being trained at Guide Dogs Tasmania will change a life.

Fundraising
With all Face to Face Events and Community Engagement activities postponed at least until the end of financial year, we will be running additional digital fundraising campaigns and we need your support to be able to continue providing these life-changing services to Tasmanians.

Clients and their working Guide or Assistance Dogs
Our Clients and their working Guide and Assistance Dogs will continue to receive aftercare services via phone and online from our trainers. In the event of an after-hours emergency, please follow normal procedures.

Volunteer Puppy Raisers and Boarders
Our volunteer Puppy Raisers and Boarders are integral to the training programs at Guide Dogs Tasmania and provide an amazing love and support to all the dogs in the training program. Our younger pups will continue to work with their Puppy Raisers and receive online and phone support from our Puppy Development Team. In the event of an after-hours emergency, please follow normal procedures. The dogs who usually attend ‘school’ each day will live and work with our trainers. We sincerely thank all our formal and temporary boarders for their commitment and look forward to enlisting your wonderful support again soon.

Please continue to support the pups and dogs on their two year journey from playful pup to working dog. They need you! guidedogstas.com.au/how-to-help-us

Our clients, pups and dogs still need your support!

Please continue to:

• Support the training programs by donating online at guidedogstas.com.au/how-to-help-us
• Follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and visit our website to read our inspiring stories.
• Sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date via our website.

We are truly grateful for the support of the community.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Our contact details:

To make a telephone donation: Telephone (03) 6232 1222

To make an online donation: Visit guidedogstas.com.au/how-to-help-us

To leave a gift in your Will: Telephone (03) 6232 1261

General enquiries: Email info@guidedogstas.com.au

Client Services: Contact your trainer during office hours

Volunteer Puppy Raiser and formal boarders: Contact your trainer during office hours

Emergency and after hours assistance for clients, puppy raiser and boarders: please follow normal procedures