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 Autumn and Winter 2017

September 2017 saw the introduction of three new puppies that you can sponsor!

Their names are Buddy, Berry and Joy - 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 Christmas present.

Learn more about the adorable, Buddy

Buddy is only six-weeks old in this video. This little Christmas treat is very affectionate and loves to snuggle up with his brothers and sisters for a nap.

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Learn more about the super-sweet, Berry

Berry is just six-weeks old in this video. Adorable puppy Berry has a bubbly personality and a really waggy tail - she also loves to play with her siblings.

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Learn more about Joy - we're sure she'll bring lots of it!

Joy is six-weeks old in this video. This shining star is as cute as they come. She loves having her tummy tickled and gets tremendous enjoyment from her toys.

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More fun facts about Buddy, Berry and Joy


Breed: Yellow Labrador cross Retriever

In the video of Buddy he's only about six weeks old. As you can see he has a bold and energy filled personality. He needs the support of people like you to help him complete his guide dog training. You can also sponsor Buddy - or any guide dog - for a loved one as a gift.


Breed: Black Labrador

Berry is playful, likes adventure and is also about six weeks old in her video. She enjoys being in the garden with her friends. When Berry completes her training, she'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 her.


Breed: Golden retriever cross Labrador

Joy, also about six weeks old, is said to be able to win over any heart with her fluffy cuteness and sharp intelligence. When sponsor her, you'll have the privilege of seeing the progress of her training journey and print your personalised certificate right away.

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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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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