Guide Dog Fosterer

  • VO88102
  • Home-based volunteering


Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full. To help achieve this objective we are looking for fostering volunteers.

Our respite fosterers provide temporary accommodation for a dog at home on behalf of Guide Dogs, and comply with the Boarders Agreement in relation to the welfare and handling of the dog or puppy.

Organisation aims and objectives

To provide guide dogs and other rehabilitation services that meets the needs of the blind and partially sighted people. Guide dogs want a world in which all people who are blind and partially sighted to enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else










Frequency and commitment details

A small number of Respite Boarders are required for when we need someone to care for dogs unexpectedly. This is for varying periods, for example, taking dogs full time if they don?t settle in kennels, are unwell or they are withdrawn from training.


Due to some of the additional needs dogs in respite care may have, it is preferable for families not to have young children below the age of 12 or pet dogs.
Experience required: All boarders will be required to attend training sessions. Those handling younger and larger/more active dogs need more training. Enjoy working with dogs and have suitable accommodation. Perseverance to help support the training of the dogs. Good communication skills.
Travel details: Foster volunteers who care for dogs in training need to drop off and collect their dog from a Guide Dogs location. Times vary but are normally Monday to Friday between 7-9am and 4.30-6pm. The dog will need to be exercised on a regular basis. Foster families who have someone at home during the day will generally be able to keep the dogs at home, however there may be times we need to collect the dog or ask for them to be taken somewhere local. Any expenses relating to volunteering will be reimbursed in line with our policy.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Pre-agreed, as per organisational expenses policy.
Training details: • Regular and ongoing support and training from your supervisor. • Attending Boarder Training programme. • Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role. • All food, veterinary costs and the provision of equipment. • Payment of out of pocket expenses in accordance with the Guide Dogs volunteer expenses policy.