Creating a Lasting Legacy

In Tasmania there are more than 2000 people living with blindness or vision impairment. These are the people we are aware of. There are many more living behind closed doors who are, for a range or reasons, unable to seek assistance.

With the help of your donation, the lives of blind and vision impaired people can be changed through the services that Guide Dogs Tasmania provides.
Where possible, Guide Dogs Tasmania allocates bequests to our endowment fund to ensure that your gift continues to support Guide Dogs Tasmania in perpetuity.

Your giving will change lives.

Please consider Guide Dogs Tasmania in your estate plans, so that your gift continues into the future. And you will be continuing to change the lives of blind and vision impaired Tasmanians.

For a confidential discussion regarding your estate, please contact Melanie Spunt on 1800 484 333 or email

Real life stories

 Murphy, a white Labrador puppy, is resting his head on his front paw, asleep.

Once you have considered your family and friends, you may consider leaving a bequest in your will to Guide Dogs Tasmania.

“Our eyesight is something we treasure and losing some or all of your vision creates many challenges. But thanks to the wonderful people at Guide Dogs, life can go on. I have always supported Guide Dogs. When a Guide Dog came to visit one of my Neighbourhood Watch meetings, I learned quite a bit about how much training is necessary and how costly it is and what intelligent dogs they are. I admire the people who train them and believe that more people should be made aware of the important job they do and how we can help them.
That is why I decided to make a bequest in my Will to the Guide Dogs.”
Elizabeth, Hobart, Tasmania.

Some options on how to leave a gift to Guide Dogs Tasmania include bequeathing:

  • A sum of money.
  • Real estate or shares.
  • Life Insurance.
  • A percentage of your Estate.
  • A residual bequest (the remainder of your estate after specific bequests have been distributed).

You may wish to consider leaving a gift of money to train a Guide Dog. If this is the case, you may name the Guide Dog after a family member or after a beloved pet (sometimes it is better to pick two names, one female and one male). We are happy to discuss this with you – and this should be reflected in your Will.

Whatever your decision, if you would like your gift to go to a particular area, we will gladly honour your requests and wishes.

You may also have a beloved pet dog and you worry that it may outlive you – Guide Dogs Tasmania can assist you with its Pet Legacy Program. Your canine friend will be placed in a loving home environment similar to the one it shares with you. This Program gives great peace of mind to those who have no family, but have a pet that is loved and considered to be “family”.

As a supporter of Guide Dogs Tasmania, if you have already included us in your estate plans please let us know so we can thank you.

If you prefer to remain anonymous in your generosity, we will respect that decision.

We hope that you will take the time to make the decision to include Guide Dogs Tasmania in your estate. Please contact us and we can provide a simple form that you can give to your Trustee Company or Solicitor when preparing your will.

Specific Legacies

“I give Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Tasmania the sum of $…. for its general purposes free of all duties payable upon or in consequence of my death and I declare that the receipt of its Secretary, Treasurer or any other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

Residual Bequests

“I give devise and bequeath the rest and residue of my Estate to Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Tasmania for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of its Secretary, Treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

Please consult your solicitor or the Public Trustee to assist you in making changes to your will.