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Temporary Boarder - Guide Dogs WA

  • Location: Victoria Park WA
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Health
  • Time Required

    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
  • Training

    on the job induction and support

  • Requirements
    • Working with Children Check *
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Driver's Licence (C)

    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:

  1. Training
  2. Ongoing Support
  3. 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
  4. Everything required for providing care to the dog, including food, equipment, veterinary care and obedience classes.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide suitable accommodation and care for our dogs in training during a required period of time (varying depending on dog and situation).

  2. Feed, groom, toilet and walk dog in care as per handling instructions from the Guide Dog Trainer.

  3. Use basic obedience skills when handling dog in care (e.g. sit, down, stay, come etc.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Continue to provide daily exercise requirements.

  7. 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

  8. Genuine interest and a passion for volunteering

  9. Commitment to our cause

  10. Enthusiasm and positivity

  11. Integrity

  12. Good Judgement – knowing the difference between right and wrong, good and bad

  13. Reliability – willing to devote a set amount of time regularly and be punctual

  14. Empathy – ability to understand the plight of a particular person or situation without being judgemental

  15. Good communication and interpersonal skills– positive and respectful interaction with everyone

  16. Self-assurance – able to take constructive criticism on board to improve skills and ability to help others

  17. Adaptability to cope with change and a busy workplace

  18. Ability to convey the organisation’s message to groups and individuals


You can not apply for this role as it is no longer available.