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  This could be because the dogs don’t settle in kennels, are unwell or they are withdrawn from training.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.

Contact person firstname
Simon
Lastname
Werner
Contact person's position
Volunteering Consultant
Their phone number?
07881 269 577
Contact instructions?
Please leave a voicemail if I am unable to answer, I will return your call as soon as possible.
Location address line 1
Guide Dogs Reading Mobility Team
Line 2
130 Wharfedale Road
Town
Winnersh
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG41 5RB

Map
Location description
Across Reading, Winnersh & Wokingham
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
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
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
This role is an ad hoc role.
Task type?
Animal care
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeGood sense of humourPatientSupportiveEnjoys working outside
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Two evenings; Essential dog care, behviours, communication, legislation and handling. Plus additional free running and recall input with each relevant dog.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Ongoing support from the volunteer Boarder Coordinator and Reading Mobility Support Team
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
All reasonable out of pocket expenses. All food, vet bills etc. for the dog.
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
2
Opportunity added on
5 August 2016