Guide Dog Puppy Appeal

Hundreds of New Zealanders hope to one day be paired with their own guide dog, and to do that, Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs needs your help.

It costs around $175,000 to raise, train and keep one guide dog in service and the organisation receives no government funding.

With the help of donations, Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs can continue to breed and train the next generation of guide dogs so more blind, deafblind, and low vision New Zealanders can live the lives they choose.

Over the month of March, with your help, we support many fundraising events in the community, raising awareness and funds to support our services (thank you!)

Two guide dogs in training sit next to each other nose to nose on some lush, green grass.

Laura and Ryder

Guide Dog Ryder makes every day better for Laura, helping her to take her kids to school, get to work and all-round live with freedom and independence.

“People like you gave me my guide dog Ryder – you gave me my freedom back,” says Laura. “I know there are more people with vision loss waiting for their guide dogs. Please help them get their freedom, too.”

Ryder helped Laura get her freedom back.

Paws For Purpose

With the support of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s greatest artists, we have upcycled our old Trudy Dog collection boxes and turned them into one-off, unique works of art.

Starting in early March, by auctioning off these genuine pieces of Kiwiana collector’s items, we can ensure a greater number of Guide Dogs graduate each year.

A group of life-sized dog-shaped collection boxes, Trudy Dogs, painted in bright colours, placed in front of an urban mural.

Street Collection

Our annual Guide Dog Puppy Appeal street collection plays a vital role in funding practical and emotional support services.

Once a year, we hit the streets to raise funds towards the breeding and training of guide dogs, and raise awareness around the incredible role these dogs play in the lives of those living with vision loss.

With your help during these collections, we can reach more people who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision in your community. The street collection for Guide Dog Puppy Week 2023 will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March.

A fundraising volunteer stands holding a bucket on a bright, sunny day and smiling.