To mark World Autism Awareness Day, We launched our new annual appeal, HEROES. Starting on March 31, volunteers and staff will be collecting nationwide to raise much-needed funds for Irish Guide Dogs.
HEROES shines a light on the heroism of our dogs and celebrates the life-changing work of Irish Guide Dogs.
The appeal will also help raise the much-needed money to enable one of Ireland’s best loved charities to continue making a huge difference to those who are vision impaired and families of children with autism.
How Can I Help?
Lend us 2 Hours of your time and help out at a Collection near you.
Click here to see the full list of collections and to find information on each areas Volunteer Coordintator.
2. Donate Online
Can't make it to a collection Donate online instead. Click here to be brought to our donation page!
3. Text WOOF
You can also text WOOF to 50300 to donate €4 to Irish Guide Dogs.
Irish Guide Dogs will receive a minimum of €3.25 from each donation. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY Helpline: 076 680 5278
4. Buy A HEROES Pin
If you see one of our Volunteers out and about go up to them and Buy one of our PAWsome HEROES Pins. You can also buy one on our online shop here.
5. For The Love of Dog Please Share Our Video!
We've made a fantastic video highlighting our HEROES.
Please check it out below and then share it with everyone you know!
Read About Conor & His Hero Toby
The lost boy, and the dog who found him Imagine a boy who never plays.
A boy who never talks. ho never laughs. Who has no friends. A boy who never hugs anyone, or shows any expression of love. That boy is Conor Lynch. Or rather, it was...
Conor was locked in a world of his own
Diagnosed with severe Autism when he was three, Conor was trapped inside a kind of inner world for the first nine years of his life. He never spoke. He was unable to communicate his feelings or his wants and needs to anyone. And his parents were unable to communicate with him.
“Before we got Toby, we never used to go anywhere together. Nobody had a good time. It was always me and Conor going one way. And Ger and Jamie going the other.”
“I knew he had autism long before he was diagnosed, but it was still devastating when we found out. Really, really heartbreaking.”
Gillian, Conor’s Mum
BUT Then, everything was changing...
Ever since a big white retriever called Toby came into his home and into his life, things have begun to change in Conor’s world.
Not all at once, but gradually. As though Toby had found the lost Conor trapped inside, and bit by bit, he’s bringing him home.
Conor laughs at things he finds funny now, which began with laughing at Toby. Yet he had never laughed at anything before that. And one evening at bedtime recently, Conor beckoned Jamie into his room, put his arms around his brother, and hugged him. It was the first time Conor had ever shown love or affection for another person.
“I couldn’t believe it! Conor had never given anybody a hug before we got Toby.” Gillian
He also has a school friend that’s the first time he has ever forged a relationship with another child.
“Since we got Toby, he’s formed a real bond with a boy in his class called James. The two of them seem to have really taken to each other. ” Gillian
A calmer, more focused boy...
Since Toby has come into the Lynch home, Conor’s behaviour has gradually changed. He’s calmer. More grounded. He ‘focuses’ on Toby, and takes pride in being with ‘his’ dog. There’s a world of difference even in the simple things...
“Conor used to watch telly jumping up and down, screaming, waving his arms in the air,like he just didn’t know what to do with himself.
But now, Toby comes in, lies on the floor, and Conor lies down and put his head on his belly and he watches telly like that.”
Thanks to Toby, Conor is coming out of his shell...
“Toby has changed our lives massively. And not just for Conor. He’s changed things for the whole family. For all of us.”