ID: 107186

Puppy Carer - Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

Disability Services Regular - more than 6 months Kensington VIC

About this opportunity

The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of Vision Australia - Seeing Eye Dogs .

Experience the joy of looking after one of our very special puppies and assist someone who are blind to live their life to the full. Being a Puppy Carer is possibly the most enjoyable way to volunteer. Not only do you get to experience the joy of looking after an adorable puppy for about 12 - 15 months – without any of the associated costs – you will also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are assisting someone who is blind to live the life they choose.

The puppy caring program requires volunteers to care for a puppy in their home from the age of 8 weeks, until they are approximately 12-15 months of age.

Carers teach, under the guidance of a puppy development officer, basic obedience, house manners, eating and toileting on command, socialisation in many different places (restaurants, cinemas, cafes, shopping centres, supermarkets etc) and to walk on lead in a relaxed manner.

Carers are visited regularly at home by their puppy development officer to provide guidance in training and caring for their puppy. SEDA holds a training day that the carer and puppy are required to attend to once a month.

Puppy caring is a very rewarding experience and our organisation couldn’t run without volunteers that participate in this program.


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

Minimum Commitment: 12 months

Please consider the following when applying for this role:
-Can you ensure that the puppy will NOT be left at home for more than 3-4 hours a day?
-Do you have more than one dog in your household? (If you have 2 dogs, please check with your local council to see if you can have more). Is your current dog/s desexed? If not desexed, is it male/female?
-Are you aware that the puppy MUST sleep inside?
-Are you available to meet with the Puppy Development training staff and your puppy for regular 1 hour visits? (Staff will travel to you during business hours, visits will be weekly to start and then monthly once the pups get older)
-Are you fit and able to walk a puppy on a daily basis? E.g. Can you take the dog for regular walks, shopping centre visits, to café’s, on public transport, on socialisation trips and toileting?
-If you are renting, do you have written approval from your landlord? (If no, please request landlord approval before proceeding)

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

All day, everyday for 12 months

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • People Learning English
  • Skilled Volunteers
Type of work
  • Disability Support
  • Working with Animals
Training

Carers are visited regularly at home by their puppy development officer to provide guidance in training and caring for their puppy. SEDA holds a training day that the carer and puppy are required to attend to once a month.