For 60 years, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has bred thousands of guide dogs, helping people who have low vision or who are blind.

Part of this work involves raising pups, which is where you come in. About 60 puppies will be born before Christmas, and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is calling on members of the community to become puppy owners for 12 months.

“We are looking for people that are home most of the time, who are interested in putting effort into training and socialising the dog. What you will get in return is a fantastic experience,” says Guide Dogs NSW/ACT puppy development manager Karen Hayter.

There are some requirements, though. To be eligible to look after a puppy you must have a fully-fenced yard, and be able to return home after four hours, have access to a car and attend training days in the local area.

You’ll also need to visit the Guide Dogs Centre at Glossodia in the Hawkesbury for vet checks and pre-school when required.

“We provide the food, veterinary care, flea and tick prevention and we’re always on-hand to answer any questions and provide guidance to our puppy raisers,” Hayter said.

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Applications for puppy-raisers are currently being accepted.

If you think you may qualify as a responsible puppy-raiser, apply at the Guide Dogs website.