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 8 weeks of age until they are 15-18 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.View areas of support
- 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 15-18 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.
Fundraising is a fun and rewarding way for schools, clubs, community groups and individuals to support the work of Guide Dogs Queensland.
There are so many things you can do, like:
- Hold a morning tea, quiz night or function with gold coin donations, penalties, guessing competitions and raffles;
- Have a casual dress or crazy hair day at school or work;
- Add an auction or raffle to an existing event;
- Get people to sponsor you for a sporting event or challenge;
- The choice is endless!
With less than seven per cent government funding, the support Guide Dogs receives from the community is vital to the ongoing delivery of life-changing services for blind and vision impaired Queenslanders.
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.
The Community Fundraising Kit below provides all the tools you need to register your own fundraising event or initiative. It has everything you need to get started including guidelines, activity suggestions and information about your responsibilities as a fundraiser. Community Fundraising Kit Coming Soon!
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.
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.