Funding options Get financial support

We offer access to a range of funding channels designed to support you, regardless of your age, vision level or lifestyle. Learn more about the funding options that are available to you, which funding channel may be best suited to your personal situation, and how to apply for financial assistance.

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Get involved Puppy Pals

By making a regular contribution to our Guide Dog training programs, you help adorable puppies grow into highly skilled Guide Dogs.

You will receive regular updates on all of our puppy litters and share in the joys and triumphs of each puppy’s journey towards Guide Dog training.

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Raise a puppy Foster a growing Guide Dog

Raising a puppy involves caring for a potential Guide Dog over a 12 month foster period. The goal is to nurture each puppy so they become well socialised, confident and focussed before training. Puppy raisers receive ongoing support and instructions throughout the foster period. You’ll develop a powerful bond with an amazing animal and play an important role in helping Victorians with low vision.

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What are the requirements? A successful puppy raiser will:

  • Live nearby

    You must live in metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong or Ballarat.

  • Dedicate time

    Puppies should not be left alone for more than three hours per day.

  • Provide care

    Puppies require lots of attention for successful training and socialisation.

  • Be moderately physically fit

    Puppy raisers need to manage certain physical, emotional and intellectual demands.

  • Be available to visit our campus

    Vet appointments and puppy raising classes occur on weekdays during business hours.

  • Be available during business hours

    Puppy raisers must meet with Puppy Development Advisors as required.

  • Provide safety

    Puppies need to be safe and secure. This involves appropriate fencing for pools and gardens in the home.

  • Have the use of a registered and insured passenger vehicle

    And be licensed to drive in Victoria.

  • Allow the pup to sleep indoors

    Pups work (and play) hard! They need their rest in a warm and safe environment.