Don’t Lock The Guide Dogs Out.
Treat Man’s Best Friend Like Any Other Passenger
There are more than 7000 registered Guide and Assistance Dogs in the UK, and you may not know it, but it’s against the law to refuse a passenger because they’re accompanied by one. These animals are not pets, they’re essential helpers. They must be treated like any other passenger.
How do you know which dog is an assistant and which isn’t? Here’s how to recognise them:
- Guide Dogs: Assist those who are blind or partially sighted. These dogs wear a white harness with yellow fluorescent stripes.
- Hearing Dogs: For those who are deaf or partially deaf. These dogs wear burgundy coloured jackets.
- Disability Dogs: Help those who are physically disabled. These dogs wear red jackets.
- Canine Partners: Also help the physically disabled and wear purple jackets.
- Dogs For Good: For those with physical difficulties and children with autism. These dogs wear blue jackets.
- Medical Detection Dogs: Help those with complex medical problems. These dogs wear red jackets.
- Support Dogs: For those with physical disabilities, epilepsy and autism. These dogs wear blue jackets.
Labradors, Alsatians, Retrievers and Terriers are the most popular type of Guide or Assistance Dog. However, regardless of breed, they all dedicate their lives to helping us. Giving them a ride in exchange for the lift they give to those in need is the least we can do.