Guide Dogs - Fancy looking after a furry four legged life changer? We are currently recruiting for fosterers to look after our dogs in early training.

  • VO88481
  • Home-based volunteering


We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. We have dogs at various ages and stages of their career who may need temporary accommodation and the need will be dependent on your location and circumstances. In this role your support will include:

• Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for a dog or puppy.
• Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed, exercised, and cared for to maintain excellent health.
• Using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach or maintain behaviours.
• Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.

Foster volunteers who care for dogs in training need to drop off and collect their dog from a local regional centre. Times are normally Monday to Friday between 8 - 9am and 5 - 6pm however there are allowances. Dogs will stay with our staff in the centre during the day to complete training. In the evenings and at weekends volunteer dog fosterers will keep the dog at home.
If you require any more information or would like to chat to someone about this role then please email

Organisation aims and objectives

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.










Frequency and commitment 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 8-9am and 5-6pm with some allowances..


We evaluate each potential volunteer on their own merits. If you are interested but don't feel like you meet all of the requirements please submit an application and we can discuss any barriers in more detail.
Experience required: Ideally you will: • Have a home with a safely fenced garden or safe area for the dog go to the toilet. • Have dog handling experience but not essential. • Be a confident and conscientious driver and have access to a car you are insured to drive. If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!
Travel details: Travel required to and from the local training Centre.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Pre-agreed expenses paid in line with organisational policies.
Training details: This role has 6-8 hours of training and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules include: • Dog knowledge, care, handling • Handling younger and larger/ more active dogs that need more training If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have. Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.