If you've ever wanted to introduce a puppy dog to your household but you're not sure if you're ready to make the commitment/don't know where you'll be in a year/have never owned a dog before, why not adopt a guide dog puppy and help GuideDogs Queensland provide visually impaired people with seeing eye dogs.
Volunteers take puppies that are about ten weeks old and raise them to about 12 months. You will be responsible for socialising the pup and helping it to develop confidence so that it will be ready for formal guide dog training.
Guide dog foster care involves exposing the pup to a range of situations, such as public transports, car travel and interactions with people and other animals. Foster parents will also take them for regular visits to shopping centres and restaurants. The Guide Dog Australia Puppy Development team will visit you regularly and provide on-going support.
The ideal Puppy Raiser will have a fenced property, access to a motor vehicle and public transport and a lifestyle that allows them to be home a lot. They must also be willing to allow the puppy to live inside. For more information, and to volunteer, see the Guide Dogs Queensland website.