How you can help
Our life-changing work is only possible thanks to our dedicated volunteers.
From administration to advocacy, fundraising to Puppy Raising, each volunteer makes a real difference for people living with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families.
Volunteer roles include:
- Caring for our dogs and puppies on their journey to become Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, or Therapy Dogs.
- Informing the public and advocating for Guide Dogs through our Community Talks program.
- Distributing, collecting and maintaining our iconic Collection Dogs and tap-to-donate machines.
- Supporting with donor engagement, mail outs, phone calls, data entry and other administrative duties.
Who can volunteer to help?
- All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
- Most of the volunteering activities require an ongoing commitment. If you can’t commit to regular hours, you can still support us by making a donation or hosting a fundraising event to raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs.
- If you have particular skills or experience that you feel would be an asset to our work, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All volunteers require a National Police Clearance before participating, and renewal checks every three years thereafter.
- If your volunteer application is successful, your clearance will be arranged through Guide Dogs prior to commencing your role.
Raise a puppy
Our volunteer Puppy Raisers care for our puppies on their journey to become Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs. Puppies begin training from 8-10 weeks of age and spend up to 12+ months in the care of their new family.
You can play an essential role in their development, integrating the puppy into your daily routines and introducing them to a range of new experiences and environments as they prepare for their important career. The goal is to nurture each puppy so they become well socialised, confident and focused before they embark on their formal training program.
Puppy Raisers receive ongoing training and support throughout the foster period. You’ll develop a powerful bond with an amazing animal and play an important role in helping people with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families to achieve independence.
Care for a dog-in-training
Play a vital role in helping our dogs-in-training to prepare for their life-changing careers.
Once our puppies are ready to begin formal training, our volunteer Home Boarders step in to provide a loving home for up to 12 months.
We also have Short-Term Boarding opportunities available if you would prefer to volunteer occasionally. Our Short-Term Boarders look after dogs and puppies on an ‘as needed’ basis, sometimes over a weekend or for several weeks at a time.
Dogs in boarding are collected each weekday morning to take part in training sessions, and are returned each evening to your care. All food and veterinary bills are covered by Guide Dogs during the dog’s stay.
Home Boarding is an ideal way to enjoy the benefits of having a dog, without the need to keep them occupied during the day. It also provides more flexibility than Puppy Raising, making it the perfect role for people who want to volunteer but might not meet all of our Puppy Raising criteria.
Who can be a Home Boarder?
We need volunteers who:
- are over 18 years of age
- live in the Adelaide metropolitan area
- have a full driver’s licence and a car
- have a secure yard which is accessible to our staff
- are prepared for the dog to live and sleep inside their home.