Our Ambassador Dogs have a very important role to play in raising awareness for our work in their local communities.
They support our amazing Branch network who run a variety of fundraising events annually in their locality including street, church gate and shopping centre collections, fun sponsored events, table quizzes, golf classics, dinner dances and much, much more.
Our Ambassador Dogs attend a couple of these events a year proudly wearing their branded jacket or a lead sleeve to identify them as a very important member of our community!
Ambassador Dogs and their owner can also attend local schools and businesses to deliver talks about our life changing work which often inspires the community to get involved in supporting us.
How to apply
If you have a well-behaved pet Labrador or Retriever dog and are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you.
The application process includes assessing your dog's temperament and how they respond to your commands to see if they would be suitable to become an Ambassador Dog.
If a dog passes their assessment and is considered suitable, we will proudly present them with an Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Ambassador Dog jacket and introduce you to your local Branch so you can begin to help us change lives. This is where the fun begins!
"My Name is Ozzy , I am an Ambassador Dog for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. I am based at the Training Centre Reception with Anne. When I was young I hurt my leg and would not be able to become a Guide or Assistance Dog. But I have a lovely job now. My job includes meeting people at fundraising events, getting my picture taken with visitors and visiting nursing homes and schools . Sometimes the trainers get my help with training the other dogs. ( I like to try and distract them from their job). I am very lucky as I get to meet so many people and get lots of cuddles every day."
Luke & Kain
Luke is still non-verbal but when I see him smiling down at Kain it shows me he doesn’t need words to express how happy he is.
Kim & Jango
Meeting Jango was one of the best moments of my life. He’s a beautiful big cuddly dog with the personality to match. From the moment I met him I knew we were going to be best buddies.
Shauna & Esme
When I needed a hand, I found a paw.
Conor & Quelda
When Conor is with Quelda he smiles and is comfortable being out and about which is such an amazing gift – we never leave home without her. She has changed all of our lives.
Aran & Buttons
Being a Guide Dog Owner is such a privilege and positive experience. Buttons has enhanced my life in so many ways and I will always be grateful for that.
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