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Media release

Three women holding labrador puppies pose for the camera.

Photo: Hannah Beazley MLA, Minister for Local Government; Youth; Minister Assisting the Minister for Training and Workforce Development (centre) with Anna Presser, CEO Guide Dogs WA (on left) and Narrell Lethorn, Director Project Delivery, DLGSC

The extra Guide and Assistance dogs was made possible from a $5 million government grant, and Guide Dogs WA matched funding through public donations.

These dogs will be trained to assist people in our community with low or no vision, disability, or illness.

The financial support will allow Guide Dogs WA to meet the growing demand for Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Facility Dogs, which all make a life-changing difference to West Australians in need.

Funding included:

  • a new fit-out of the Guide Dogs WA centre
  • specialised staffing costs
  • increasing the fleet of fit-for-purpose vehicles
  • specialised whelping and puppy equipment.
2 black and 2 yellow labrador puppies in the arms of a trainer at Guide Dogs WA


Additionally, Guide Dogs WA’s Cadet Training Program has been re-established to increase the number of local, highly qualified dog trainers and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors in WA.

This will create local jobs and reduce the need to outsource dogs and trainers from interstate and overseas.

4 sleeping labrador puppies at Guide Dogs WA

Photos: New recruits — 5 week old labrador puppies at Guide Dogs WA. All photos by CamFeels Creative.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023