For the fifth year in a row, Guide Dogs Australia has been voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity Brand. But it needs your help to continue doing its job right: the charity is right now desperately seeking families to raise 20 puppies.

“Across Victoria, we’re in need of 20 puppy-raisers to meet the demand for the puppies being born over the next three months,” says CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria, Karen Hayes. “Our puppy-raisers tell us all the time that puppy raising is the best job in the world, so I really encourage members of the community to apply.

“One question I’m always asked is: ‘How do puppy-raisers give the puppies back after the 12-months?’ Of course there are almost always tears, but it’s important to remember the greater good. As a puppy-raiser, you’ll take away an amazing sense of pride seeing your dog matched with someone whose life will be forever changed for the better.”

Over 60 years, Guide Dogs Victoria has bred more than 8000 puppies, helping thousands of people who suffer from low vision or blindness.

To be considered as a puppy-raiser you must live in metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong or Ballarat, and be able to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the pups: they can’t be left alone for more than three hours a day, and must be allowed to sleep indoors.

If you have children, they must be of school age. Naturally, you also have to be able to provide a safe environment for the puppy – appropriate fencing is mandatory. You must also be able to visit the Guide Dogs Victoria campus for vet appointments and puppy-raising classes, and be able to meet with Puppy Development Advisors during business hours.

You must also have access to a registered and insured car, and have a Victorian driver’s licence.

To find out if you qualify and to register, visit the Guide Dogs Victoria website.