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Sydney, You're Up: Guide Dogs NSW Wants You to Look After These Adorable New Pups

The organisation needs responsible dog lovers to look after the pups for a year before they get trained as guide dogs.
By Concrete Playground
May 18, 2022
By Concrete Playground
May 18, 2022

Do you live in a dog-friendly house? Do you have some spare time on your hands? Do you fantasise about taking a pup to the pub with you?

The good folk at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT need you. They're always home to pups that'll grow into companions as part of the Guide Dog program, and they're in need of carers to raise them. In other words, they're giving away puppies.

If you put up your hand, you'll get a puppy for about a year — from its eight-week birthday until it turns 14 months. During that time, you'll be responsible for introducing the sights, sounds and smells it'll meet when it starts working as a guide dog (and giving it heaps of cuddles).

Of course, it's not all just fun, games — it's a lot of commitment and hard work. You'll have to be responsible enough to take care of regular grooming, house training and exercise, and be available to attend local training days, along with vet checks and Puppy Pre-School. A car and a fenced-in property are mandatory, too. And, you can't be away from home for more than four hours at a time.

In return, the organisation provides a strong support network, food, vet care and prevention of fleas and ticks.

"We are looking for people that are home most of the time and who are interested in putting effort into training and socialising the dog. What you get in return is a life-changing experience and knowing that you've positively contributed to your community," said Karen Hayter, Puppy Development Manager at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

Guide dogs are provided free to those in need, but each costs around $50,000 to raise over two years. If you can't afford to sponsor a pup or donate to the charity, but you've got a bit of flexibility and time on your hands, this could be your calling.

Keen? Apply online. And send pics, please.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is looking for puppy carers now. For more information and to volunteer, head to the organisation's website.

Published on May 18, 2022 by Concrete Playground
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