There are many ways to get involved with our dogs and puppies

Our dogs might be the furry faces of our organisation, but it’s that dedication of incredible volunteers that makes their success possible. Future Guide Dogs require different levels of care and commitment at all stages of their journey, so we are always in need of more generous people to share their time with them.

Raise a puppy

Raise a puppy

Enjoy lots of puppy love and know your efforts will make a big difference to someone with low or no vision. We will support you along the way and cover all associated costs, all you need to give is your love and time.
Commitment
Commitment

Fulltime (14-18 months)

Fitness required
Fitness required

Moderate - High

Location
Location

Within an hour of our Training Centre

Volunteering in our kennels

Volunteering in our kennels

Help out in our kennels – the home of Guide Dogs-in-training! You’ll be making sure dogs who live in the kennels have a tidy home, are well fed, get plenty of exercise and are paw-fectly groomed!
Commitment
Commitment

Regular

Fitness Required
Fitness Required

Moderate - High

Location
Location

Our Training Centre in Brisbane

Boarding a dog

Boarding a dog

Welcome our dogs and pups into your home and care for them on a temporary basis. If you can’t commit to raising a puppy but still want to share your love and time with our dogs, this could be the paw-fect option for you.
Commitment
Commitment

Flexible

Fitness Required
Fitness Required

Low - Moderate

Location
Location

Within 20 minutes of our Training Centre

Rehome a Guide Dog

Rehome a Guide Dog

Not every dog is destined to become a Guide Dog. By welcoming a retired or re-classified dog into your home, you’ll reward the special work they have done in the past and gain a paw-some new family member.
Commitment
Commitment

Fulltime

Fitness Required
Fitness Required

Moderate

Location
Location

Anywhere in Queensland

It takes a lot of time, patience, commitment and love to raise Guide Dogs.

From the time our puppies are born, they begin training to become life-changing Guide Dogs. Throughout their journey they rely on lots of special people along the way, and that’s where volunteers like you come in.

Be truly rewarded by raising a puppy that will change someone’s life.

Raise a puppy

Help give a pup the best possible start and receive plenty of puppy love in return!

We are always looking for Puppy Raisers to care for a future Guide Dog from when they are eight weeks old until they are ready to begin formal training.

You will be given all the support you need while raising the puppy and we cover all associated costs. All you need to give is your love and time.

A yellow Guide Dog puppy is sitting next to cartoon grass and bones
A yellow Guide Dog puppy is sitting next to cartoon grass and bones

Assist in our kennels

In this hands on role you’ll have the opportunity to interact with Guide Dogs-in-training and learn about their care and health requirements. You’ll be responsible for spending time with the dogs, cleaning their rooms, grooming and feeding them, all with the assistance of our friendly staff.

If you’re confident, willing to learn more about dogs and enjoy working in a team environment, you’re the paw-fect fit to help out in the kennels!

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Provide temporary care

Becoming a boarding carer is the most flexible option to volunteer with our dogs, as we look for both long term and short term carers who can look after the dogs on an “as needed” basis. Depending on the situation, a pup or dog may need to stay with you from as little as a few days to a few months.

You will have the support of our friendly team, who will make sure you have all the skills and equipment you need to care for the dogs along the way!

A Black Guide Dog is standing next to a cartoon food bowl
A Black Guide Dog is standing next to a cartoon food bowl

Homes are selected based on the dog’s needs and personality to make sure it’s the right fit.

Rehome a dog

Just like people, not all dogs are suited to the same job. The dogs that don’t meet the high standards expected of our Guide Dogs during training can either be reclassified and move into a different career, or they can become loving family pets.

We accept applications from members of the community who would like to permanently welcome one of these dogs into their home and heart. If you’re looking for a loving family pet, why not apply to rehome one of our dogs?

A yellow cartoon Guide Dog is sitting with cartoon plants, love hearts and clouds around it
A yellow cartoon Guide Dog is sitting with cartoon plants, love hearts and clouds around it

Apply to volunteer with our gorgeous dogs today!

Apply now

We love our volunteers

Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to raise and train Guide Dogs. By joining our volunteer family, you can become part of this journey and help to make a real difference to Queenslanders.

We thank all our volunteers for their incredible contribution.

A guide Dogs team member is sitting with a volunteer who is brushing a yellow dog

Volunteering in the kennels is a very hands on experience but I really enjoy helping out and making a difference to the dogs. They’re beautiful dogs and it’s even more worthwhile knowing that they’ll one day become Guide Dogs.

Kye,
Volunteer

Not sure where to start?

Brittany, our Volunteer Coordinator, is on hand to help you, help us.

By volunteering, you can give your time and skills to make a real difference and become part of an incredible community.

Brittany, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone
Call 1800 810 122
Email
[email protected]
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A black Guide Dog in training coast is sitting between people's legs

Our dogs and puppies need you.

Apply to volunteer with them today!

Apply now

Help Guide Dogs in other ways

If none of these options are right for you, there are many other ways you can make a difference and help our dogs at every stage of their lives.

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Explore other volunteering opportunities

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Become a Puppy Pal

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