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Four labrador puppies and one black labrador puppy sit in a row on a patch of grass
Photograph: Supplied/Guide Dogs Australia

Guide Dogs Australia is looking for Puppy Raisers to care for a new litter

The cutest part? All the pups are named after Neighbours references

Leah Glynn
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Caitlyn Todoroski
Written by
Leah Glynn

Hands up if you love puppies, the iconic TV show Neighbours and supporting a good cause? If you're madly waving your hand in the air, this one's definitely for you. Guide Dogs Australia is on the hunt for a team of Puppy Raisers who can commit to looking after a new litter of good boys and girls. And here's the (cute) twist: they are all named after Neighbours references.

That's right, you could be welcoming Toadie, Madge, Kylie, Margot, Kennedy, Ramsay or Harold into your home and heart. Seriously, with such adorable names it's gonna be hard to stop at fostering just one.

Being a Puppy Raiser is a 12-month commitment where you take an eight-week-old fur baby into your home until it’s ready to become a fully fledged guide dog. The best part of this volunteer role is that it equals a free puppy, in addition to all the supplies and support required to bring it up. Does it get much better than that? Not only do you get the delight of playing with a puppy for a year, but you can take comfort in the fact that your efforts will provide invaluable aid to visually impaired individuals.

Puppy Raiser duties include taking your pup to weekly training sessions at Guide Dog facilities near you, establishing their feeding and toilet routines, taking them for walks every day and giving them all the love imaginable (which shouldn't be too tricky). 

If you can’t commit to the role for a whole year, you can still get in on all the tail-wagging action as a Temporary Carer where you fill in for existing Puppy Raisers while they're away or on holidays. Whether it’s for a month or a year, sign us up.

Up for this adorable challenge? Find out more here

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