Dog lovers, can you provide respite boarding?
Animal care volunteers needed for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in RG41
We are looking for people who can become Respite Boarders. These are people who support our team when we have dogs that need to be cared for unexpectedly. This could be because the dogs don’t settle in kennels, are unwell or they are withdrawn from training. The stay could be anything from overnight to several weeks.
We are looking for someone who loves dogs and satisfies the following requirements:
- do you have a private, fully enclosed garden
- do you live either in a house or a ground floor flat/bungalow with permission to house a dog
- are you able to drive and do you have a car suitable for transporting a dog
- will you be able to avoid leaving the dog alone in the home for periods of more than 4 hours in any 24 hour period
Please note that you will have to attend two evenings of theoretical and practical boarder training at our centre in Winnersh Triangle.
This role is best suited to a person or couple who work from home or are retired, although this is not essential.
Location address line 1
Guide Dogs Reading Mobility Team
130 Wharfedale Road
Across Reading, Winnersh & Wokingham
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few times a year
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Any of these times
Additional timing details
This role is an ad hoc role.
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeGood sense of humourPatientSupportiveEnjoys working outside
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Two evenings; Essential dog care, behviours, communication, legislation and handling. Plus additional free running and recall input with each relevant dog.
Description of support
Ongoing support from the volunteer Boarder Coordinator and Reading Mobility Support Team
Description of expenses
All reasonable out of pocket expenses. All food, vet bills etc. for the dog.
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
5 August 2016