Can you help this amazing charity train new guide dogs?

It takes a very special dog to be a guide dog - they help to give those affected by sight loss independence and a loving, loyal companion. Well known charity, Guide Dogs, needs more support to keep training new puppies in this important work.

Changing people's lives

Every hour, one person in the UK suffers sight loss. Each year, Guide Dogs breeds around 1,000 puppies who will undertake the intense training required to become a guide dog.

There are almost 5,000 guide dogs in the UK, but many more are needed. Training a guide dog puppy takes years, costs around £50,000, and relies on the hard work and support of many different people. That's why Guide Dogs needs the help of the public to help make it happen - and their popular 'Sponsor a Puppy' scheme is one way they do that.

New puppies for Spring 2018

We were thrilled to see the introduction of three new puppies that you can sponsor!

Their names are Poppy, Alfie and Harry - you can learn more about them in the videos below and on the Guide Dogs website. It's also possible to sponsor the puppy of your choice as a gift for a loved one - perfect for an original and unique present at Easter or any time of year.

Learn more about the adorable, Poppy

Poppy is only six-weeks old in this video. This little Easter treat is bright and extremely lovable. She needs your help as she embarks up on her training. She loves cuddling up to her brother, Alfie.

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Learn more about the super-sweet, Alfie

Alfie is just six-weeks old in this video. Adorable puppy Alfie has a bubbly personality and a really waggy tail - he also loves to play in the garden with his sister, Poppy.

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Learn more about Harry

Harry is six-weeks old in this video. This shining star is as cute as they come. He loves making new friends and discovering new toys.

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More fun facts about Poppy, Alfie and Harry


Breed: Golden retriever cross Labrador

In the video of Poppy she's only about six weeks old. As you can see she has a bold and energy filled personality. She needs the support of people like you to help her complete her guide dog training. You can also sponsor Poppy - or any guide dog - for a loved one as a gift. Poppy's favourite toy is a her stuffed teddy bear.


Breed: Golden retriever cross Labrador

Alfie is playful, likes adventure and is also about six weeks old in his video. He loves having his tummy tickled. When Alfie completes his training, he'll play a vital role in changing the life of someone with sight loss and you can print a photo as soon as you sponsor him. He loves his yellow chicken toy!


Breed: Golden retriever cross Labrador

Harry, also about six weeks old, is said to be able to win over any heart with his fluffy cuteness and sharp intelligence. When sponsor him, you'll have the privilege of seeing the progress of his training journey and print your personalised certificate right away. He loves to play tug of war!

Training amazing dogs

Guide dog puppies spend their first year living with a volunteer, learning basic commands and getting used to being around other people. Then it’s off to guide dog training school to learn the skills needed to guide a blind person. At about 20 months, dogs are matched with an owner and move into their new home.

Sponsorship starts from just £1 a week.

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View our guide dogs slideshow

More information about the charity

Working all over the country

Guide Dogs have four training centres around the UK, and 20 teams across the country. There are around 1,200 staff and more than ten thousand volunteers.

Campaigning for change

As well as training guide dogs, they campaign for better resources and facilities for visually-impaired people, to increase their freedom and independence. They also teach people how to look after their eyes, and sponsor research into ways to preserve sight. 

Making a difference to children

They also provide buddy dogs for blind and partially sighted children too. Buddy dogs make a huge difference to children’s lives, building their confidence, giving them a companion, and improving their communication and mobility skills.

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