Volunteer opportunities

Seeing Eye Dogs puppy carer

Applications close on Tuesday, 31 December 2019 at 11pm


This type of volunteer provides a high standard of care for SED puppies or dogs in the volunteer’s own home as approved and agreed by SED. The volunteer will also teach basic obedience (under the guidance of a SED puppy development officer), house manners, eating and toileting on command, and socialise puppies in many different places (restaurants, cinemas, cafes, shopping centres, supermarkets, etc) and walking on lead in a relaxed manner.

Skills and attributes:

The volunteer will conduct role specific duties of a puppy carer such as:

  • Provide lots of loving care and socialisation to a puppy
  • Not leave the pup alone, or with someone else for more than 3 hours a day
  • Provide a warm and safe inside space where the puppy can sleep
  • Be available to meet with the Puppy Development training staff and your puppy for regular 1 hour visits during business hours (Staff will travel to you or meet in your local area weekly and then monthly once the pup get older)
  • Be moderately physically fit and emotionally able to walk a puppy on a daily basis, e.g. taking the dog for regular walks, shopping centre visits, to cafés, on public transport, on socialisation trips and toileting
  • Have completed a reference and background check including a police check and working with children check
  • Have not been convicted of animal cruelty in Australia or elsewhere
  • Reach puppies basic obedience, toilet training, house manners and to walk on lead in a calm and relaxed manner under the guidance of a supervisor
  • Supervise puppies to ensure their safety in the puppy play pen (event specific)
  • Clean up after puppies using equipment provided
  • Be able to transport the dog to Kensington or any other location as required
  • Report back to your puppy development trainer any pertinent information regarding the dog in care

Essential skills and knowledge

  • Patient, dedicated and flexible
  • Willing and able to follow instructions
  • Dog handling skills (enjoys working with dogs)
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluent English speaking

Puppy caring areas:


Melbourne Metropolitan suburbs from Portsea to Yarra Ranges, to Bendigo to Ballarat to Torquay and everything in between.


Sunshine Coast only

We do not currently have a program in NSW, WA, SA, TAS or NT at this stage. However if you have people interested in those areas, please feel free to contact us and we can chat further.


Volunteers are provided with training before any role assignments are allocated to them.

Training for this role includes:

  • Dog handling skills check
  • Role specific training – face-to-face (as required)
  • Puppy Caring manual and resources provided

Other requirements:

Once the application form has been returned, complete the following:

  • External Risk Assessment Form
  • Working with Children check (WWCC)
  • Police check
  • Statutory declaration *if required
  • Interview and property inspection

If approved, when the puppy is handed over to a volunteer, an agreement must be signed between a staff member of SED and the volunteer.

Closing date:

Ongoing (we are always recruiting for this role)

Please email to webmaster@visionaustralia.org

Applications close on Tuesday, 31 December 2019 at 11pm