Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

Your gift could help children like Emma to be independent and achieve their dream.

Emma with Guide dog.

Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

Your gift could help children like Emma to be independent and achieve their dream.

Emma with Guide Dog Donate today

For health professionals

Help to support your patient’s independence and mobility by referring them to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. While our beloved Guide Dogs play a crucial role in the work we do, we have a versatile range of additional supports to meet your patient’s unique needs.

Whether your patient is young or young-at-heart; if they have recently experienced a change in vision or had long-term low vision, we will always provide support.

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Guide Dog staff member sitting on a park bench with a woman with low vision and her guide dog.
Guide dog puppy

Raise a puppy Nurture a growing Guide Dog

Raising a puppy involves caring for a potential Guide Dog over a 12 month period. The goal is to nurture each puppy so they become well socialised, confident and focussed before training. Puppy raisers receive ongoing support and instructions throughout the twelve month placement. You’ll develop a powerful bond with an amazing animal and play an important role in supporting people with low vision.

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What are the requirements? A successful puppy raiser will:

  • Live nearby

    You must live in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast, Southern Highlands or Canberra/Queanbeyan.

  • Dedicate time

    Puppies should not be left alone for more than three hours per day.

  • Provide care

    Puppies require lots of attention for successful training and socialisation.

  • Be moderately physically fit

    Puppy raisers need to manage certain physical, emotional and intellectual demands.

  • Be available to visit our campus

    Vet appointments and puppy raising classes occur on weekdays during business hours.

  • Be available during business hours

    Puppy raisers must meet with Puppy Development Advisors as required.

  • Provide safety

    Puppies need to be safe and secure. This involves appropriate fencing for pools and gardens in the home.

  • Have the use of a registered and insured passenger vehicle

    And be licensed to drive in NSW/ACT.

  • Allow the pup to sleep indoors

    Pups work (and play) hard! They need their rest in a warm and safe environment.