International Guide Dogs Day Paws Parade
International Guide Dog Day celebrates the amazing work of Guide Dogs and Autism Assistance Dogs in the community.
Up to 200 inspirational clients and dedicated volunteer puppy raisers and home boarders, along with staff and supporters, took part in a parade through the city as part of the International Guide Dogs Day celebrations on Wednesday, 30 April.
The parade started at the Guide Dogs SA Discovery Centre, 251 Morphett Street, and moved along Gouger Street and King William Street, finishing at Government House for morning tea and presentations.
The theme of the parade was ‘Taking the Lead’.
Guide Dogs SA is asking people to ‘Take the Lead’ to ensure that Guide Dogs can play their important role as working dogs in providing freedom, mobility, safety, inclusion and companionship to people with disability and their families.
Shop owners, cafes, public transport drivers can ‘Take the Lead’ to ensure access to their premises and services.
The public can ‘Take the Lead’ and ensure they don’t pat the dogs while they are working or call out to them – no matter how adorable they look.
Pet owners can ‘Take the Lead’ and ensure their dogs are under strict control or on a lead when near working Guide Dogs.