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Breeding Dog Volunteer

Guide Dogs

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Location

Within 1 hour's driving radium of Guide Dogs National Cnetre, Bishops Tachbrook, CV33 9QJ

Time Commitment

Contact Details

Long Term, Full Time

Verity O’Donnell

0345 143 0223

About the Role

Could you provide a loving home for a guide dog mum?


We urgently need more breeding dog volunteers to look after our guide dog mums and help us raise the next generation of life-changing guide dogs for people with sight loss.


This vital volunteer role is perfect for dog-lovers who are looking for a permanent addition to their family. Most of the time your guide dog mum will be a wonderful, pet dog, then roughly once a year you’ll also get to enjoy the company of a litter of her guide dog puppies for around 7 weeks. You’ll see her puppies grow in just a matter of weeks – from tiny newborns with closed eyes, to excitable bundles of fur ready to explore the world. And, when the pups are ready to go, you’ll feel a huge sense of pride knowing you’ve made a big difference by raising life-changing guide dogs for people with sight loss.


Our guide dog mums are perfect for families. They’re specially selected for their ideal temperament and characteristics and have the very best guide dog genes. She’ll also arrive socialised and house trained!


We cover all the costs for our guide dog mums, including her food, vet bills and any equipment or bedding she needs. We’ll also provide all the training you need to look after her and her puppies. In addition, you’ll have the full support of our expert dog behaviour and welfare teams and dedicated 24/7 support from our specialist breeding team.


This opportunity is unique to the Midlands as our breeding dog volunteers must live within an hour’s drive of our National Centre, just outside Leamington Spa, CV33 9QJ.


To find out more about this rewarding role as well as many other volunteering opportunities that we have available, and to apply, please visit our website www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help


Additionally, you can always drop us a line at VolunteerMidlands@guidedogs.org.uk and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


We look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer soon!

Skills and Qualifications

Ideally, breeding dog volunteers will

  • Have dog handling experience but this is not essential.

  • Have a clean driving licence and access to a car they are insured to drive.

  • Live within an hour’s drive from the National Centre.

  • Have a home  with a safely fenced garden.

  • Have the ability to ensure that the guide dog mum is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.

  • Time to provide support to her when she gives birth in a volunteer’s home and help care for her litter of puppies for 6 – 7 weeks.

About the Organisation

We are Guide Dogs. And we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose.


Over the years we’ve developed a wide range of services with and without dogs to support people living with a vision impairment. Children and adults. Friends and family. Whoever you are, our expert staff, dedicated volunteers and life-changing dogs are here to help you live actively, independently, and well.


We’re a charity, almost entirely funded by donations, and we are the world’s largest assistance dog organisation. As world leaders in puppy socialisation and dog training, we’re the only organisation to breed and train guide dogs in the UK. We’re also the largest employer of specialists dedicated to helping children and young people overcome the challenges of sight loss.


Volunteering with Guide Dogs is life-changing – and not just for the people we support. Join one of our amazing roles and be part of the pack and you’ll quickly see how the time you give benefits people with sight loss, our four-legged friends and you!

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