How your money is helping
In 2016, it cost £48.9 million to run the guide dog service.
It costs Guide Dogs £56,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement.
This cost is made up of the following six stages:
- Breeding a guide dog puppy £3,600
We hand-pick the best dogs around to breed the next generation of world-class guide dogs.
- Puppy walking £5,300
Our puppies are house trained, taught basic obedience and familiarised with our busy world.
- Early training £22,000
New trainees learn how to guide by walking down the centre of a pavement, avoiding obstacles, stopping at the kerbs and crossing the road.
- Advanced training £10,400
Having mastered the essentials, each dog is matched with a prospective owner and undergoes further training tailored to the owner’s specific needs.
- Partnership training £3,300
Finally we bring dog and owner together to complete their training, forming a new life-changing partnership.
- To breed and train a guide dog costs £44,600
- Supporting partnerships £12,200
Guide Dogs continues to support our dogs during their time working as a guide. This covers the cost of food, vets’ bills and ongoing training.
Total cost from birth to retirement £56,800
Where your money goes
- £5 supports a working guide dog partnership for a day
- £25 buys a white harness, the iconic symbol of a fully qualified guide dog
- £95 buys a Training School Kit for a guide dog starting training at training school
- £140 buys a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner
You can find more detailed information on how we spend our money in our annual review and report.