Major Milestones

Seventh Guide Dog Team

GDS welcomed our seventh guide dog team, Sophie and dog Orinda
Sofie & Orinda

Increased Professional Capacity

GDS’s first (and Singapore’s first) Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Christina Teng returned from her training in Guide Dogs Victoria.

Rebranding of Our Charity

We changed our organisation’s name to Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd, and had a new logo and mascot (formerly known as Guide Dogs Association of The Blind).

Increased Professional Capacity

Another accredited Orientation & Mobility Specialist joined the team. GDS now has two Specialists to provide clients a holistic rehabilitation programme.

New Training Programme – Independent Living Skills

: Launch of a new training programme “Independent Living Skills” that teaches our clients on managing every day tasks on their own.

Sixth Guide Dog Team Formed

Our sixth guide dog team, Hong Sen and Clare is formed.
Hong Sen and Clare

Launch of BeFrienders Programme

Launch of BeFrienders Programme to provide friendship and encourage active lifestyle amongst our clients.

Fifth Guide Dog Team Formed

GDAB trained and formed our fifth guide dog team – Loolan and Ria.


First Locally Trained Guide Dog Team

Gary and Jordie

Gary and Jordie became our fourth guide dog team and Singapore’s first locally trained team.
GDAB has our first locally trained Orientation & Mobility Specialist.


Guide Dogs in Homes

Streamlined process for handlers applying license for their guide dogs in their HDB flat.

GDAB pairs Melba with Dennis

Dennis Sim received Melba from Guide Dogs Victoria (Melbourne, Australia).
Dennis Sim and Melba

Tigerair welcomes guide dogs on board.


Making Further Inroads

Special Identification Card for guide dog users made in collaboration with Ministry of Social & Family Development.

Formation of an Independent Guide Dog Team: Lim Lee Lee received her guide dog, Nice from Eye Mate Inc (Japan, Tokyo).

Guide released by Building and Construction Authority for professionals to design spaces suitable for a guide dog and its owner.


GDAB pairs Seretta with Alvin

Alvin Ng received Seretta from Guide Dogs Victoria (Melbourne, Australia).
Alvin and Seretta

GDAB pairs Esme with Cassandra

Cassandra Chiu received Esme from Guide Dogs Victoria (Melbourne, Australia).
Cassandra Chiu and Esme

After working with Cassandra for 7 years, Esme retired in 2018 at the age of 9. She has been adopted by a loving family.

NTUC and Cold Storage welcome guide dogs.


Guide Dogs in the Public

CapitaLand Malls welcome guide dogs.

MUIS released advisory to Halal Restaurant in support of guide dogs.


The Beginning

GDAB was founded with the support of Prof Tommy Koh.

Regulation 29(3), (13) of the Environmental Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulation permits guide dogs into food establishments.

Singapore Airlines and ComfortDelgro welcome guide dogs.