Guide Dogs for the Blind - Austin

Raise a puppy, change a life.

Become a Volunteer


What do we do?

GDB - Austin is a team of proud volunteer puppy raisers and puppy sitters for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB).

Thinking about becoming a puppy raiser?

You’ll receive your puppy at 8 weeks old and he/she will return to one of GDB’s campuses for formal training between 13 and 15 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching puppies good manners and basic obedience. All ages can participate in puppy raising; however, primary puppy raisers must be at least 9 years of age. If you are not able to commit to raising a puppy full time, you can still get involved with your local puppy club through puppy sitting.

Thinking about becoming a puppy sitter?

Puppy sitters provide care for puppies when their raisers aren’t able to due to a family vacation, a change in schedule, an illness or other reasons. Puppy sitters give future guide dogs experiences in new situations and new environments that the raiser can’t. Sitters also attend meetings and outings to keep up-to-date with training techniques and protocols as well as Guide Dogs for the Blind policies and procedures.


It takes on average 251 volunteers to help a single puppy become a guide dog.

Think you want to be a puppy raiser or puppy sitter?

We say go for it! Take the first step and come to one of our monthly meetings. You're also welcome to join us at one of our meetups, which range from Mega Mutt Mondays at Banger's on Rainey Street to trips to the Blanton Museum of Art. Find the schedule of events on Facebook.