Red Puppy Sponsorship
You can help breed and train guide dogs and give back freedom, independence and confidence to a New Zealander who is blind or has low vision. With a regular donation from just $20 a month, you can help a puppy like Rico become a guide dog.
Sign up to become a Red Puppy Sponsor now.
Image: Rico, a RNZFB guide dog-in-training, sits obediently, wearing a red coat. As a Red Puppy Sponsor you will provide vital support for puppies like Rico.
Why our guide dog puppies need your help
- It takes two years and lots of rigorous training before a puppy can become a guide dog. It's tough work! Your support will help them succeed.
- Right now, there is a 12 month waiting list for a guide dog.
- A guide dog gives back freedom, independence and confidence to a New Zealander whose life has been shattered by sight loss.
- We receive no government funding for our guide dog services. So puppies simply cannot become guide dogs without your support.
Become a Red Puppy Sponsor today
It's simple and easy; just pick an option below and start supporting guide dogs today:
- Sign up online to make a monthly gift using your credit card. Our page is secure, safe and easy to use.
- Call 0800 PUPPIES (0800 787 743) and we'll help you become a Red Puppy Sponsor over the phone
- Make your contributions by automatic payment or direct debit. Please download and print the relevant form below and return to: Freepost Authority 70894, Private Bag 99910, Newmarket, Auckland. 1149.
Note: In line with bank regulations, the following forms are designed to be printed and filled out. We are working with our bank to develop online versions of these forms.
Automatic Payment form (pdf, 225kb) | Direct Debit form, with Conditions of the Authority (pdf, 251kb)
The life of a guide dog puppy
Our puppies go through a lot of fun and training to become guide dogs. Find out more about how your Red Puppy Sponsor monthly gifts help:
- The life of a guide dog puppy from birth to 3 months (pdf 338 KB).
- The life of a guide dog puppy from 13 weeks to 6 months (pdf 668 KB).
- The life of a guide dog puppy from 7 months to when they start work (pdf 389 KB).
- Watch a video of the journey of a guide dog on YouTube (.mov, 9:25 minutes).
What you receive as a Red Puppy Sponsor
In appreciation of becoming a Red Puppy Sponsor, you will get:
- A framed photo of labrador Rico, our Pupstar of the year.
- The latest Pupdate, our quarterly newsletter with updates and stories of puppies in training.
- Your Red Puppy Sponsor's Handbook
- Knowledge that you're helping puppies like Rico become world-class guide dogs!