Our Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs are specially bred from a lineage of guide dogs to retain the right working temperament and health.

In Guide Dogs Singapore, our dogs are a mix between Labrador and Golden Retriever. At this moment, we do not breed our own dogs. We bring in young dogs around 12 to 14 months old from our overseas breeders. These dogs have completed the puppy raising stage, and assessed to be suitable to proceed to the next stage of training.

The next stage is a six-month training conducted in Singapore by our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. When the dog is ready to be matched with its handler, the pair will undergo three to four weeks of training together to bond and work as a Guide Dog team.

Click here for more information on GDS Guide Dog Programme.

Orinda

Our youngest working Guide Dog, Orinda, is a bundle of energy. When it comes to work, she is sharp and serious about guiding her busy handler, Sophie, from place to place. But once her work harness is off, she is a playful girl who loves her squeaky toys.

Sophie and her guide dog Orinda

Clare

Ever since her handler, Hong Sen, was employed as an IT Consultant and Trainer with GDS in 2020, Clare has become our resident office dog. This girl with her teddy bear face and expressive eyebrows has been settling in nicely in our workspace.

Hong Sen and his guide dog Clare

Ria

Ria – our social butterfly. Whenever she was off duty, she always knew how to have a good time with her friends. She is also one of our more travelled dogs, and was living in two countries each year with her late handler, Loo Lan. Ria is now retired and has been adopted by a loving family friend to live the rest of her life.

Loolan and her guide dog Ria

Jordie

Jordie is our only male Guide Dog in Singapore and is a mellow, good boy. He was paired with his handler, Gary, on 5 May 2015. Healthier than most of us, his favourite snack is a juicy cucumber. We will soon have another male guide dog to join in his boys brigade.

Gary and his guide dog Jordie

Melba

Melba, our next oldest working girl is 9 this year. She was paired with her handler, Dennis, in February 2014 and is still as vigilant, sharp and confident in her job when she guides him on his regular routes.

Dennis and his guide dog Melba

Seretta

A Labrador-Golden Retriever cross, Seretta is currently our oldest working guide dog paired with her handler, Alvin, since 2012. With her beautiful plush red-gold fur and how focused she is when she works, it is hard to believe that she is already a decade old. She still knows what she needs to do and gets it done. Her well-earned retirement is due soon where she will be pampered and taken care of by her handler’s family.

Alvin, a vision-impaired Client wrapping his left arm his Guide Dog, Seretta

Guide Dog Angels

This section is dedicated in memory of our guide dogs who have devoted their working years to the lives of people with vision loss. They will be missed dearly.

Esme

Passed on in August 2020

“Esme’s career as a guide dog is a testament to the tremendous difference an assistance dog can make in the life of a disabled person. She is a symbol to me of what dignity means for someone who is blind. Esme guided me to safety with poise and confidence when I needed to go anywhere. I would not have the professional success I have today if it were not for Esme.”

– Cassandra Chiu, former GDS guide dog user

  • Baby Esme lying with face up
  • Baby Esme lying with head on the floor

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Gary Lim

Gary Lim
Jordie, my Guide Dog, my son and my pair of eyes

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Ms Dawn Sim with GDS Guide Dog

Dawn Sim, Long-time supporter of GDS
My support for Guide Dogs Singapore comes from the desire to help make a difference to somebody else’s life

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Christina Teng

Christina Teng
Seeing our clients become more independent with the help of guide dogs

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