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Guide Dogs Annual Report 2021 acknowledges impact of the pandemic

The Guide Dogs organisation has just published its Annual Report for 2021. The report describes how the charity is still feeling the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, when conditions restricted volunteers and trainers in their ability to prepare the puppies for busy public spaces, leading to a shortage of suitable dogs. The average wait for a guide dog in 2021 was 18 months.

You can read more, find out how Guide Dogs is recovering, and download the full report here.

BBC reporter Sean Dilley has spoken about the personal impact that this shortage has had. His guide dog Sammy recently retired, and Sean faces a long wait for a replacement. You can watch his short film on the BBC website.