Thank for your ongoing support of Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs. Seeing Eye Dogs is closely monitoring developments in relation to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are acting on the advice of health authorities. Keep up to date with our response to COVID-19 here.
Seeing Eye Dogs have adapted their services and are maintaining operations to meet the needs of our clients, carers, volunteers, pups and staff. We continue to rely on our amazing volunteer community to raise Seeing Eye Dogs and to make a difference to people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.
“Despite all the world uncertainty at the moment, Seeing Eye Dogs puppies always brighten our lives.” Seeing Eye Dogs Carer, Michelle.
In order to continue to service the community, we have online options available for all stages of the puppy application process including:
- Online information sessions from the comfort of your home
- Virtual property inspections with a trainer
- Puppy transfers in line with social distancing and personal hygiene requirements
- Modified program training on a case by case basis.
As a puppy carer, you will be given support and guidance from the Seeing Eye Dogs team who will spend time with you to assess your needs and to determine the best caring option to suit your lifestyle.
The Puppy Carer 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.
As a puppy carer, you can provide full time care or, if a shorter time is more suitable, you can commit to a minimum of 6 months. Your role as a puppy carer is to:
- Provide a loving home and to nurture a Seeing Eye Dogs puppy
- Help to socialise them
- Teach them basic skills such as toilet training, to sit, and to walk nicely on a lead.
The only cost to you is your time and affection. The cost of all equipment, food, dog health care, vet costs and training is covered by Seeing Eye Dogs. You will receive ongoing support from a Puppy Development Trainer as you progress on this journey.
Our previous puppy carers have found it to be a truly life-changing experience. Anna Day, one of our carers, had this to say: “Knowing that you’re part of a bigger future for them is very rewarding. Seeing how amazingly smart these dogs are and being a part of that, you’re playing a part in both the dog’s life, and the life of someone who truly needs it.”
Some factors to consider before becoming a puppy carer
- You will socialise the puppy, teach them to walk nicely on a lead and teach them toileting, amongst other things.
- Slightly older puppies may be more suited to a work environment where they can sit with you at your desk, go on longer walks and travel on public transport.
Puppy caring is a very rewarding experience and we couldn’t operate without the volunteers that care for our pups. If you’re ready to help raise a puppy that can one day go on to be an invaluable part of someone’s life who is blind or has low vision, apply today.