Sally Jary from Woolgoolga with her guide dog Velvet stop for a quick coffee break at Gloria Jeans with Local MP Andrew Fraser and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Regional Manager for Northern NSW Jeremy Hill.
Sally Jary from Woolgoolga with her guide dog Velvet stop for a quick coffee break at Gloria Jeans with Local MP Andrew Fraser and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Regional Manager for Northern NSW Jeremy Hill. Leigh Jensen/The Coffs Coast Adv

Welcome campaign for furry friends

SOME of the most valuable members of the Australian community are being refused entry into shops, restaurants, and clubs around Australia.

Guide Dogs Australia's latest research reveals that at least one guide dog owner a month reports that they have been denied access to an outlet.

This research has prompted Guide Dogs Australia to re-launched their Guide Dogs Welcome Here campaign that reminds the public about the laws regarding guide dogs entering venues with their owners.

MP for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser showed his support for the campaign when he took a walk with Woolgoolga guide dog owner Sally Jary.

"I congratulate Guide Dogs New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory on the initiative and encourage all businesses to place a Guide Dogs Welcome Here  sticker in their windows," Mr Fraser said.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Regional Manager for Northern NSW Jeremy Hill hopes face-to-face contact with local venues will have a positive impact.

"We hope that today's walk will help to raise awareness of the guide dog access laws and how to provide assistance to patrons with impaired vision," he said.

Guide dog owner Sally Jary has only had a handful of negative experiences in Coffs Harbour but those have stopped her entering some venues.

"Velvet provides me with independence, so it makes me angry when I've had problems getting into venues.

"The Guide Dogs Welcome Here campaign is a great way to ensure that I and all other guide dog owners can get about our days like everyone else."



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