- Location: Victoria Park WA
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Health
Available to accommodate and care for dog on weeknights and weekends from time to time on an adhoc basis.
Type of work
- Working with Animals
on the job induction and support
- Driver's Licence (C)
- National Police Certificate *
- Working with Children Check *
1. Valid “C” class drivers licence
2. Police Clearance dated within the last six months (If the candidate does not possess one, it can be applied for by VisAbility during the volunteer application process). Required in order to commence.
3. Good navigational and safe driving history
4. Working with Children Check (if applicable)
5. A degree of physical fitness, which includes being able to negotiate steps, walk 3 - 5km per day and frequent bending and lifting (up to 10kg).
6. Live within 40 minute drive to Victoria Park, Perth.
7. Have no more than one pet dog already
8. Be prepared to walk the puppy daily & socialise it in busy environments
9. Be prepared to cope with usual puppy behaviours, e.g. digging, chewing or howling
10. Be prepared to attend at least four training sessions & follow strict guidelines.
11. Adequately fenced and dog proof house.
12. Be prepared to possibly take the dog to work with you as the puppy is not be able to be left alone for more than 1-3 hours at a time.
* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Our Temporary Boarders provide a short-term foster home and training on an adhoc basis, to cover holidays, illness or emergencies.
Guide Dogs WA will provide:
- Ongoing Support
- Insurance cover by VisAbility’s Volunteer Insurance policy and/or by the Insurance Commission of WA for the cost of claims for death or injury caused by the negligence of the driver of a registered vehicle
- Everything required for providing care to the dog, including food, equipment, veterinary care and obedience classes.
Provide suitable accommodation and care for our dogs in training during a required period of time (varying depending on dog and situation).
Feed, groom, toilet and walk dog in care as per handling instructions from the Guide Dog Trainer.
Use basic obedience skills when handling dog in care (e.g. sit, down, stay, come etc.)
Transport dog in care (if necessary) to Guide Dogs WA designated Veterinary practice for vaccinations, consultations and medical procedures as required, in consultation with Guide Dog Trainer.
Drop the dog to ‘school’ every morning at Guide Dogs WA in Victoria Park and pick them up in the afternoon on weekdays for the duration that the dog is in care.
Continue to provide daily exercise requirements.
Assist with Community and Fundraising events (e.g. Guide Dog Street Appeal) as required under the supervision and approval of the Guide Dog Trainer. What we look for in our volunteers
Genuine interest and a passion for volunteering
Commitment to our cause
Enthusiasm and positivity
Good Judgement – knowing the difference between right and wrong, good and bad
Reliability – willing to devote a set amount of time regularly and be punctual
Empathy – ability to understand the plight of a particular person or situation without being judgemental
Good communication and interpersonal skills– positive and respectful interaction with everyone
Self-assurance – able to take constructive criticism on board to improve skills and ability to help others
Adaptability to cope with change and a busy workplace
Ability to convey the organisation’s message to groups and individuals