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$7,500 donation nurtures future Guide Dogs

Over the last few weeks one of our digital co-ordinators, Karen Song has been volunteering with Guide Dogs Queensland as a Puppy Raiser fostering a puppy in training named Katie.

It takes almost two years to breed, raise and train just one Guide Dog. Puppy Raisers volunteer during a critical phase of a pup’s development and they play a very important role in helping them to become working Guide Dogs.

In honour of Katie, The Lottery Office is donating $7,500 to support Guide Dogs Queensland’s specialised breeding program.

The funds will go towards supporting one female dog from pre-pregnancy through to birth. At Guide Dogs Queensland’s dedicated facility, newborn puppies are closely monitored and nurtured as the first few weeks after birth are crucial to influencing the puppies’ future temperament, social skills and confidence.

The formative training provided throughout the program increases the chances of puppies becoming successful Guide Dogs in the future and prepare them for their career by introducing them to a range of stimulus, interacting with different personalities and temperaments, massages to reduce body sensitivity, outings and basic obedience training.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said having Katie in the office demonstrated the positive impact dogs can have overall wellbeing.

“Guide Dogs provide such crucial support to those living with vision loss by allowing them to maintain their independence and enjoy new freedoms,” Ms Wood said.

“We all fell in love with Katie when she visited us so we saw this as an excellent opportunity to support this imperative breeding program, which will provide the specialised care needed to give these puppies the best chance at excelling in their career.”

The Lottery Office donates a percentage of the cost of every ticket sold to charities across the country, allowing the organisation to make a positive impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to Guide Dog Queensland, or becoming a volunteer Puppy Raiser, to visit the Guide Dogs Queensland website.