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!)

Peter and Ayla

Peter’s journey with vision loss began at the age of 13 when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that has progressively diminished his eyesight over time. By 2015, he was no longer able to work, having spent the previous 14 years in dairy farming, excavating, and fencing. He remained active, tending to the garden on his quarter-acre section and indulging his passion for cycling, tandem racing, and has even participated in the occasional biathlon.

While his declining vision has made getting around more challenging for Peter, being matched with guide dog Ayla has been a game-changer. According to Peter, “When you finally get a dog it’s a whole new thing. The dog is like an in-between which breaks down barriers.”
Ayla is more than just a guide for Peter, she’s a loyal companion who has helped him continue to enjoy his outdoor activities safely and independently. Peter says, “Ayla was my dog from day one and is completely dedicated to me.”
Your support will help more individuals like Peter get matched with world-class guide dogs for their unique lifestyles.

Peter Jones sitting on his porch with his guide dog Ayla, a black labrador. Peter has his arms around Ayla.
A fundraising volunteer stands holding a bucket on a bright, sunny day and smiling.

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 2024 will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March.