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International Guide Dog Day

International Guide Dog Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in April each year. It marks the establishment of the International Federation of Guide Dog Associations on 26th April 1989. International Guide Dog Day is an opportunity to celebrate the work of guide dogs around the world and raise awareness of the importance of guide dog services to help people who are blind or have low vision live life on their terms.

 IGDF encourages all guide dog organisations to get involved and arrange local events to celebrate their fantastic work. If you are thinking of arranging an event, please let us know by contacting the IGDF Office. Please remember to take lots of photos at your event, and send these to us, so we can publish them here.

For further International Guide Dog facts and figures, please see our Facts and Figures page.



Press Release:

International Guide Dog Day 2022


Read about International Guide Dog Day 2022 events in the July 2022 issue of Visionary


Instructor with a dog in harness talking to a room of students
Instructor showing a tactile book to a blindfolded student
People releasing butterflies beside a guide dog memorial statue
Guide dog handlers with their guide dogs spread out on a lawn
Puppy Raisers walking dogs in harness through a city square



Read about International Guide Dog Day 2021 events in the July 2021 issue of Visionary


Guide dog owners lined up along a pavement with their dogs
puppy raisers and their dogs on the steps in front of a building
guide dog owner crossing at a zebra crossing
guide dog and trainer demonstrating an obstacle course
3 black labradors in puppy coats walking with puppy raisers