Do you live in a dog-friendly home? Do you have free time on your hands? Do you dream of hanging out in dog parks with a real dog? If the answer to any of these questions is yes – and especially if the answer to all of them is yes – then the good folks at Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs need you.
As part of the organization’s dog training program, they often have puppies running around and they need volunteers to raise them. In other words, they give puppies – although you have to return them.
If you raise your hand to become a puppy groomer, you’ll have a puppy for about a year – from its about eight week birthday to 12 to 15 months of age. During this time, you’ll be responsible for introducing the sights, sounds, and smells he’ll encounter when he begins working as a guide dog (and giving your new friend loads of hugs).
Of course, it’s not all about fun, games and kindness. You will need to be responsible enough to take care of regular grooming, home workouts and exercise, and be available for regular visits. A fenced back yard is also mandatory. In return, the organization provides a strong support network, as well as all food, training materials and veterinary care.
You’ll also need to be home most of the time—so you don’t leave the pup alone for more than three hours a day, sitting in front of Dog TV—and you can put some effort into training and socializing him. puppy.
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia is looking for people in the majority of local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Bendigo and Ballarat.
In Queensland, the North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions are current priorities.
Once the puppies are 12-15 months old, they will return to Vision Australia – and complete their journey of becoming four-legged companions for those who are blind or partially sighted.
Want to help? You can apply online right now. If you are impatient but cannot commit for the whole year, there is also a six month care option. Or, for workplaces, there are caring companyalso – which has just reopened.
For more information on Seeing Eye Dogs Australia Puppy Groomers and to apply for volunteer roles, visit the association’s website.
Top image: Nicola Cotton.
Posted on May 11, 2022 by