You can make a difference.

Nurture a Guide Dog’s Growth

Puppy raisers have one thing in common – they have the opportunity to help change a person’s life forever. Guide Dogs Queensland needs regular volunteers to care for our puppies from the age of eight weeks until they are 15 to 18 months old when they are mature enough to start formal training.

Puppy Raisers are responsible for socialising the puppy and help us to raise confident, well-mannered, young adult dogs who are ready to undertake formal Guide Dog Training. Our Canine Development staff provide ongoing support to our Puppy Raisers and will see you regularly on classes to check on the pup’s progress and give practical advice.

No prior experience is necessary to become a Puppy Raiser and raising a puppy should be fun and enjoyable for all the family. As a prospective Puppy Raiser who will care for one and raise of our puppies, it is essential that you consider the criteria below.

Puppy Raising Criteria

  • Our puppies require a primary adult carer to be responsible for their training and care, and who can be our main point of contact in the program.
  • Our puppies need exposure to busy conditions, traffic, shops and crowds on a regular basis. Puppies will also need to be familiarised with car travel and public transport.
  • Our puppies require a significant time commitment both in the home and out and about including feeding, training and general care.
  • Our puppies need a suitable area inside your home to live and sleep, as well as access to an appropriate outdoor toileting area.

You must also:

  • Reside within an hour’s drive of the Guide Dogs Queensland Training Centre in Bald Hills
  • Be able to commute weekly to puppy classes at our breeding and training centre in Bald Hills
  • Be able to commute to our breeding and training centre as required for vet visits, equipment or food pickup, and events.


You can find out more about what it takes to be a Puppy Raiser by having a look at our frequently asked questions and self screening quiz:

Puppy Raising FAQs

Self screening quiz 

How to apply

To register your interest in volunteering as a Puppy Raiser with Guide Dogs Queensland, please email [email protected] or freecall 1800 810 122.


So you want to hold a fundraising event on behalf of Guide Dogs Queensland? That’s paw-some!  We rely on your suppawt to enable us to continue helping Queenslanders find freedom and independence.

Want to fundraise? It’s easy!

Small to medium events

Thinking of having a soiree at your home or office? Why not host a morning tea, a quiz night or even a raffle? It’s amazing how quickly it all adds up and every dollar counts towards a great cause. Sign up now using Everyday Hero and share your event to help us make a difference.

Need a helping paw?

Large events

Are you feeling generous and want to help us in a greater capacity? If you’re holding a larger event, we’d love to help you lead the way. Download our Community Fundraising Kit and register your event with us today! Simply complete the Fundraising Registration Form and send it to us using the details attached.

BMW Ride For Life!

We are excited to bring the Ride For Life Challenge to Brisbane again in 2018.

On Sunday 28 October the Brisbane BMW & Westside BMW Ride For Life Challenge will tour around an 80km route through Brisbane City and out to Cleveland before returning to the start venue.

We’ll once again be starting and finishing at Northshore Riverside Park, Hamilton.

Join the GDQ Team!

Your time can make a difference

The most precious gift any person can give is time.

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.

Volunteer Roles:

  • Working in our Bundaberg Op Shop and warehouse
  • Puppy Raising (in Brisbane only)
  • Kennels Volunteering (Bald Hills)
  • Team Projects – corporate groups can undertake specific team building projects.
  • Fundraising Stalls
  • Administration duties
  • Boarding – Providing a caring home to our Broods and Studs or to our Guide Dogs or puppies.

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 it back to us:

Mail: PO Box 5301, Brendale DC QLD 4036
Email: [email protected]

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

Collection Dogs

The cost of a Guide Dog’s journey costs at least $50,000 but it can be far greater over their lifetime.

Our Collection Dog Program offers another way for the community to get involved and help fund our amazing Guide Dogs!

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 one on.

Do you want to take on a Collection Dog?

Just like our Guide Dogs, our Collection Dogs come in different shapes and sizes.

Our small Collection Dogs are approximately 28 cm tall and they are designed to stand on counters and point of sale displays.

Our large Collection Dogs are approximately 85cm tall and are ideal for high traffic areas in larger stalls (such as inside the doorway of a supermarket).

Our Collection Dog Program is of no cost to a business. All care and maintenance of the dogs will be provided by Guide Dogs Queensland collection officers. Our officers always carry identification with them and wear the Guide Dogs Queensland uniform.

What is a corporate supporter?

In the same way as we work with local communities and other agencies in delivering programs, we offer Queensland’s corporate sector many rewarding ways of becoming involved with Guide Dogs Queensland.

Partnerships that Guide Dogs Queensland forms with the corporate sector are strategic and genuine attempts to build meaningful alliances.

What does a corporate supporter do?

We offer a wide variety of workplace giving and tailored marketing opportunities that can best suit individual company interests, schedules and objectives.

Partnering opportunities include:

  • Donating to our capital redevelopment;
  • Marketing and promotions;
  • Workplace Giving;
  • Board room lunches;
  • Research and development; and
  • Pro-bono volunteer days.

We invite you to be a part of our community and help us to help Queenslanders in need.

Donate through your pay

Workplace Giving is an easy yet powerful way to show your support for Queenslanders in need.

You donations help us to make a long term commitment to our community, ensuring that we can continue to provide quality services to those who need it most.

How it works

  • 100 per cent of your donation goes to Guide Dogs Queensland;
  • You will not have to collect, keep or claim receipts; and
  • Your donation will be processed through your pay and you will get an immediate, guaranteed tax deduction.

More information

To find out more, contact our Workplace Giving Coordinator to arrange a presentation at your workplace and meet a Guide Dog-in-training!

Leave your paw print

The services we provide would not be possible without people like you. Some volunteer time, some donate money, and others remember Guide Dogs Queensland in their Will.

Your gift can transform someone’s life.

A gift left in your Will to Guide Dogs Queensland is a meaningful way of showing your compassion and support.

Your gift means that when some loses their sight, they gain the support they need to live with freedom and independence.

Everyday, ordinary Queenslanders leave a gift in their Will which helps to transform the lives of those who are blind or vision impaired.

Including Guide Dogs Queensland in your Will is easy, and the legacy you leave behind will affect the lives of thousands of people in need for decades to come.

Learn more about making a Bequest to Guide Dogs Queensland

Become a special Puppy Pal

Did you know it costs at least $50,000 for a Guide Dog to be trained? That’s an awful lot of doggy treats!

We need your help to raise the next generation of Guide Dogs and the easiest way you can help is to sponsor a litter by becoming part of our exclusive Puppy Pals.

As a Puppy Pal, you’ll get a paw-fect welcome pack, regular Pup-dates on the joys and triumphs of each puppy’s journey, and invites to our exclusive Puppy Pals Days.

Over the months, you’ll develop a very special bond with our life-changing pups and you’ll get to see firsthand how your donation makes a difference.


Want to do more to help?

Our training doesn’t stop, so it’s only with your ongoing suppawt that we can continue to transform the lives of Queenslanders in need.

We can tailor a suppawt package to suit you, with a range of donation options available.

Please read our Puppy Pals FAQs or contact us  to find out more.

Become a Youth Ambassador

For our younger suppawters wanting to help change lives, our Youth Ambassador Program will officially launch in 2018!

If you’re between the age of 5-17 years old, you can register to become a Guide Dogs Youth Ambassador today! Click here to download and complete our registration form to receive your Youth Ambassador Kit in January 2018 before you go back to school. You will also be set up with your very own Everyday Hero fundraising page which can be used to assist you with your fundraising online!

Your Youth Ambassador Kit will include:

  • Youth Ambassador Guidebook
  • Ambassador Backpack
  • Suppawter Cap & Poster
  • Official Youth Ambassador Badge

Being a Youth Ambassador is fur-tastic fun and there are great rewards for being involved for both you and your school, including the opportunity to meet some of our special Guide Dog puppies. All we ask is that you pledge to take part in or hold to two fundraising activities throughout the school year in 2018 – it’s that easy!

You can also choose to nominate a friend when you complete your registration and if they sign up, you will receive an mystery gift with your Ambassador Kit. How paw-some is that?!

Please return your completed registration form and direct any inquiries to our program coordinator Lisa at [email protected].


Every dollar you donate helps us to help those in need