Your time can make a difference.

Nurture a Guide Dog’s Growth

Being a Puppy Raiser is one of our most rewarding volunteer roles!

Guide Dogs Queensland needs regular volunteers to care for our puppies from about 10 weeks of age until they are 12 months of age when they are old enough to begin Guide Dog training.

The primary responsibility of a Puppy Raiser is to socialise the puppy and help us to produce confident, well-mannered, young adult dogs who are ready to undertake formal Guide Dog Training.

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  • Go on regular visits to shopping centres, malls, cafes and restaurants;
  • Attend regular Guide Dogs Queensland group training sessions in their local area
  • Have regular car travel;
  • Meet other well-behaved animals to assist with social skills (we can help with this!)
  • Learn to travel on all forms of public transport; and
  • Be exposed to a range of people and children of varying ages.
  • And much, much more…

During this first 12 months our Puppy Development Supervisors support our Puppy Raisers and their Guide Dog puppies.

While it can be very sad to say goodbye, it is incredibly rewarding for Puppy Raisers to see their young dog enter Guide Dog training and go on to create a successful working Guide Dog partnership with a blind or vision impaired Queenslander.

For this reason, many of our Puppy Raisers continue to volunteer for many years and raise several puppies.

Learn more about Puppy Development Supervisors

A Puppy Development Supervisor will make regular visits to your house and meet you in a range of community environments to provide instructional support and monitor the pup’s progress. Initially visits are weekly, then progress to fortnightly and monthly as the pup matures. Puppy Supervisors give Puppy Raisers invaluable advice regarding canine behaviour so the puppies behaviour is well understood and interpreted. They also give the skills required to handle a dog expertly.

The Puppy Development Supervisor is qualified to provide instruction and show a Puppy Raiser exactly what they need to do.

It’s important for the puppy to be socialised every day to grow their experience and skills in social situations.

This daily walk is a vital part of the puppy’s routine.

Puppy Raisers receive a formal photo of a their Guide Dog-in-training and are invite to watch their dog in the latter stages of formal training before they are matched in a working partnership.

Puppy Raisers are also invited as special guests to our Guide Dog Team Graduation ceremony where they can see their puppy ‘graduate’ as a Guide Dog and meet their new handler.

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Puppy Raiser Criteria

  • Do you live in the Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast areas?
  • Is there an adult in your home who can raise the puppy?
  • Are you free of full-time employment or work flexible part-time hours only? (This role is not suitable for full-time workers)
  • Are you able to spend most of your time with the puppy? A Guide Dog puppy is similar to having a toddler in the home (the pup should not be left alone for more than two hours a day when less than six months of age)?
  • Do you have a Driver’s Licence and access to a motor vehicle?
  • Do you have time to attend training sessions in your local area or at the Bald Hills Breeding and Training Centre?
  • Is your property securely fenced?
  • Are you willing to have the puppy live and sleep inside the living area of your home?
  • If you have children, are they five years or older?
  • Are you interested in learning about canine behaviour and how to handle and socialise a service dog

If you can answer yes to these questions then we would love to hear from you.

Raising a future Guide Dog is a big responsibility but it is also incredibly rewarding.


Guide Dogs Queensland receives support from people of all walks of life – and everyone has a different idea of how they can help out.

We receive less than seven per cent in government funding, none of which goes towards the breeding and training of Guide Dogs, or any services across regional and rural Queensland.

The support we receive through the fundraising efforts of individuals, schools, organisations and businesses is vital to the ongoing delivery of our life-changing services to Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired.

It’s not just about the donations either, your help in spreading the word about Guide Dogs Queensland and the services we provide is just as important and appreciated.

Below is a list of ideas on how to fundraise, but remember the most important rule is to make sure you add the “FUN” in fundraising!

There is government legislation; however, that requires people raising money to hold a Letter of Authorisation issued by the organisation they are helping. This applies to individuals, groups, workplaces or organisations. GDQ can issue these letters once we approve your event or activity.

If any of the ideas below inspire you, or if you have your own great idea, then we’d love to hear from you. To notify us of your intention to fundraise, please contact us today.

  • You can fundraise online through Everyday Hero and JustGiving.
  • Hold a quiz night, morning tea or themed function with gold coin donations, penalties, guessing competitions and raffles;
  • Add an auction or raffle to an existing event;
  • Get people to sponsor you for a sporting event or challenge;
  • Join one of our Bingo games held throughout Queensland. Contact your regional office to find out what’s on in your local area;
  • Mufti Day – i.e. bad taste tie day is a favourite in workplaces; or
  • Find out about our Workplace Giving Program here.

The best advice we can give you is keep it simple, make it fun and ask around. See what types of events and ideas your friends and family think work and would like to support.

Your time can make a difference

Guide Dogs Queensland’s volunteers are engaged in special programs, in dedicated positions or to assist us with a number of campaigns and events throughout the calendar year.

We support and acknowledge the valued contribution of all our volunteers.

No matter where you are, how you can help, or what job you do, your contribution helps us make a difference to the lives of Queenslanders with little or no vision.

Our volunteer roles include:

  • Working in our Bundaberg Op Shop and warehouse – duties include clothes sorting, pricing and sales.
  • Puppy Raising (see first tab above) – raise one of our pups (in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast only)
  • Kennels Volunteering – available in Brisbane at our Breeding and Training Centre, Bald Hills.
  • Team Projects – corporate groups can undertake specific team building projects.
  • Fundraising Stalls – our regional offices around Queensland who regularly host merchandise stalls at local events and shopping centres.
  • Administration duties – Occasional administration duties are available through your local office.
  • Breeding Stock Carer – Boarding and providing a caring home to our Broods and Studs.
  • General Boarding – Providing a temporary home for Guide Dogs or puppies as an alternative to kenneling at our Bald Hills centre.

How to apply for Volunteer roles

To register your interest in volunteering with Guide Dogs Queensland please download and complete the application form and send back to Guide Dogs Queensland by the email or mail:

Mail: PO Box 50, Bald Hills 4036

You can also contact your closest office direct to find out further information about current opportunities in your area.

Collection Dogs

Our Collection Dog Program offers another way for the community to raise much needed funds for Guide Dogs Queensland. You might be familiar with our iconic Collection Dogs already as we have several thousand of them placed throughout Queensland.

As a member of the community you can place a donation in one of these dogs or as a business you can help to support the program by taking on one of these dogs.

Do you want to take on a Collection Dog?

We have two sizes available, small counter dogs and large free standing dogs.

Small Collection Dogs: Our small dogs are approximately 28cm tall and can be placed in a location you feel will be accessible to members of the public. One suggestion is at point of sale.

Large Collection Dogs: Our larger dogs are approximately 85cm tall and are suitable to be placed where most traffic flows through your store, e.g. inside doorways at a supermarket.

Our Collection Dog Program is of no cost to a business to take on. All care and maintenance of the dogs will be provided by Guide Dogs Queensland collection officers who also routinely empty the dogs of funds collected. Our officers always carry identification with them and wear the Guide Dogs Queensland uniform so they are easily identified.


Every dollar you donate helps us to help those in need