Caring for a puppy is a job that requires patience, initiative and lots of love. A puppy learns from its raiser right from wrong and basic commands that form the foundation of a successful Guide Dog.
This is one role that Dr Zita Penrose knows very well.
Zita is one of our longest serving volunteer Puppy Raisers and Guide Dog boarder carers, who has just raised her 16th Guide Dog puppy! Yes… 16th!
Zita opened her heart and her home to our puppies back in 1998, when she decided she wanted to do volunteer work that made a difference in her spare time.
In addition to raising 16 puppies, Zita has cared for a further nine Guide Dogs in both the boarding and breeding programs.
Zita still cares for ‘Merlot’ and ‘Eve’ and she most recently raised ‘Presley’, who is now ready to enter formal Guide Dog training.
Thanks to Zita’s love and generosity, we have produced several generations of successful working Guide Dogs that are benefiting blind and vision impaired Queenslanders right across the state.
It’s only with the support of volunteers like Zita who selflessly give their time, love and dedication that we can continue to provide the services we do to help thousands of Queenslanders with low or no vision every year.
We thank Zita for her commitment and her drive to help us make a real difference in the lives of so many.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Puppy Raiser, please click here.