Adopt a Breeding Dog and care for it in your home

What’s involved?

Be part of the breeding programme for the next generation of amazing Guide and Assistance Dogs.

At Irish Guide Dogs we own our own breeding colony. Volunteers across the country hold our brood bitches and stud dogs in their homes. This work involves caring for these dogs as part of your family, and facilitating their travel to the Training Centre in Cork for breeding.

For Brood Bitch Holders, it means caring for bitches during pregnancy and new litters of puppies in their first seven weeks.

Where can I volunteer in this role?

You can volunteer in this role in the counties of  Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry, Cork and Waterford.

What support will I get?

You will be supported by our breeding team and our veterinary partners around breeding. You will have regular contact with our team and check ups during breeding cycle.

What are the benefits?

  • Be part of the Breeding Programme for Irish Guide Dogs
  • Be part of a dynamic organisation and meet new people
  • Make a difference to an important charity
  • Share a home with a wonderful dog

How do I apply?

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and one of our Breeding Team will contact you shortly to discuss the options in more detail.

If you would like to talk to one of our team please call 1850 506 300 or email

We would be happy to welcome you to the centre for a look around, cup of tea and a chat.

Volunteer Marie Deegan

I get a great buzz out of seeing the independence that the dogs provide.

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Volunteer Phil Geoghegan

Volunteers Phil Geoghegan has helped raise almost €1 million for the charity over the course of the last 28 years.

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