Volunteer in Our Kennels

How do I apply?

We are not currently looking for any new applicants for this role as the team is at full capacity.

What’s involved?

Our dedicated Kennels Volunteers support our Dog Care and Welfare team in a number of roles that include activities such as play sessions, grooming, walking, preparing feeds, cleaning kennels, and maintenance work.

From time to time our Kennels team at our Training Headquarters in Cork on Model Farm Road needs additional Volunteers to join the team. This work supports our dogs that are aged between 12-14 months and two years, and are at our Training Centre preparing to become Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs.

Where can I volunteer in this role?

Opportunities available in Cork.

What support will I get?

Kennels Volunteers are supported by the staff of our Dog Care and Welfare Team who care for our dogs during training.

Description of Role:

Volunteering at Kennels which is known as Late Running takes place from 6-8 pm in the evenings every day of the week including weekends at the Irish Guide Dogs training centre on Model Farm Road, Cork.

A Kennels Late Running volunteer is asked to commit to the same evening from 6-8 pm each week.

Late Running consists of spending (giving the dogs a chance to relieve themselves), play sessions with pairs of dogs and grooming. The purpose of these sessions is for the dogs to get ‘one – on – one’ time with our volunteers.

Applicants must be over the age of 18.

*Please bear in mind that kennels is physically demanding work.


Competent with dogs and canine behaviour.

What are the benefits?

  • Caring for dogs who will become Guide and Assistance Dogs
  • Be part of a dynamic organisation and meet new people
  • Make a difference to an important charity


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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