Become an RSB Puppy Volunteer Today!
Help raise one of our very special puppies (future superstars!) and contribute to transforming someone’s life.
An RSB pup-in-training can make a very special and rewarding addition to your household and our specialist team will ensure you’re equipped with support every step of the way.
WHAT IS A PUPPY EDUCATOR?
Puppy Educator’s care for an RSB puppy from around 8 weeks of age to 14-18 months, when they will commence formal training as a guide or assistance dog.
The high quality of RSB’s guide and assistance dogs is largely due to our pups being raised in a secure home-environment, where they are also fully socialised and exposed to different environments (noises, smells, people etc.).
I ALREADY HAVE A PET / WORK or STUDY FULL TIME / LIVE ON MY OWN…
No problem – RSB welcomes volunteers from a range of backgrounds and with all kinds of lifestyles; families, singles, couples, those in share-houses and households with pets.
Many workplaces and tertiary education facilities now welcome guide or assistance dogs in training too.
Our dedicated team will work closely with you and your pup to ensure you’re set up to succeed, no matter what your situation.
I ONLY HAVE LIMITED TIME TO VOLUNTEER AT THE MOMENT
There are short term volunteer options with RSB. This might also be a good way to start your puppy volunteering journey.
As an RSB emergency boarder you’ll take care of a pups for short term stays only, for instance when the pup’s permanent puppy educator goes on holiday. Or perhaps take on a bigger pup and become a bed and breakfast boarder – add the pup to the school drop off and pick up and we’ll take care of training during the day.
MORE THAN GUIDE DOGS
Did you know that as well as training guide dogs for our vision impaired clients, RSB also has assistance dogs’ programs for Veterans’ with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and for children with autism through our animal assisted therapy program? The puppy you raise will have a very special future ahead of it, changing someone’s life, and this wouldn’t be possible without YOU to volunteer!
IF YOU THINK PUPPY VOLUNTEERING COULD BE FOR YOU
Or to find out more, register for one of our free and obligation free information sessions. You’ll meet the trainers and puppies, learn all about the program and can ask lots of questions!
WE’VE GOT YOU!
If it’s the right time for you to become a puppy volunteer and you qualify with RSB, as well as a puppy, RSB will provide you with:
- Group training classes and outings
- Veterinary care and costs
- All food and equipment provided
- Personalised ongoing training support with a Puppy Education Supervisor
- A home for your pup when you are on holiday
- Emergency 24-hour support