You can either donate or fundraise to name a guide dog puppy.
Once the funds have been raised and the donation made, we ask you to complete a quick naming form which lets us know your suggested names. A short while later and you’ll hear the exciting news that a new puppy is here.
We have two options available for puppy meetings (if it is included as part of the Name a Puppy level you choose). An “in-person” visit which may mean that you need to travel to meet with us and the pup in a suitable location or our digital option. Our digital option includes a virtual meet with the pup and volunteer puppy walker and a beautiful mini photo montage film for you to keep and share with everyone involved in the fundraising.
Please note: Puppy visits (in-person) can only be completed when the pup is at least 17-weeks of age. For in-person visits the pup must also be fully settled in their training and comfortable travelling. As you will understand our pups’ welfare is incredibly important to us.
Choosing a puppy name is a special and exciting time. We know that the name(s) will often carry a personal reason to you and we really do appreciate the thought and time that you put into choosing that perfect name. If you aren’t sure if the name would be suitable, give us a call we’ll be happy to talk it through with you.
We ask where possible that you suggest both male and female name options (or unisex) as it is mother nature who decides if we have boy or girl puppies.
Suggested names need to be two syllables and not rhyme with any of our training commands. The name will also need to last a lifetime so please consider how our trainers and future owners may feel with any of the more unusual/creative suggestions.
As you’ll understand some names may not be suitable, if this happens we’ll give you a call and ask for some alternative name suggestions.
For our supporters who wish to name a puppy in memory of a loved one we understand that the name that is special to you may be best suited to either a girl or a boy puppy. Please be aware that where only one name is provided it will take us longer to name and place a puppy for you.
We have four incredibly special roles for our new puppy recruits to aspire to:
Our guide dogs give people with sight loss the confidence to get out and about safely. From helping their owners get to work or university, or simply to a regular exercise class, they provide life-changing practical support every single day.
Our buddy dogs bring a canine friend into the lives of children with sight loss. By helping them build confidence in themselves and trust in their surroundings, these dogs have a hugely positive effect on a child and their family’s wellbeing.
Our guide dog mums and dads are all about the future. Without them we wouldn’t be able to create the next generation of life-changers. It’s an incredibly special role, they are the start of every puppies story.
Our companion dogs bring a canine friend/companion into the lives of adults living with sight loss, improving their health and wellbeing, and reducing feelings of isolation. We’ve seen how this support can help people change their lives – building new relationships and feeling more confident in themselves.
Even though our success rate is one of the highest in the world, for some of our four-legged family guiding is not the career for them. We put the welfare and wellbeing of our dogs at the heart of everything we do, so if one of the roles above isn’t right for them we ensure they are re-homed with a loving family, many of whom become ambassadors – sharing the work of Guide Dogs with all those they meet.
The opportunity to name a guide dog puppy is a thank you from us to you for your kind and generous support. Our Name a Puppy levels are a representation of how your support is helping, with pupdates providing you with insights into the world of Guide Dogs.
Every guide dog puppy is completely unique and therefore the costs to us can vary; from more expensive food bills for those who need special diets, to additional veterinary care required right through to extra training time needed for some of our pups on their exciting journey with guide dogs.
Your donation to Guide Dogs through the name a puppy scheme won’t be specifically restricted to the puppy you have named but rest assured it will be put to use straight away helping provide independence and freedom for people living with sight loss.
It’s around 15 weeks from that first twinkle in the eye to a 6-week old puppy, and we would hope to be able to name a puppy within this time frame for you. From time to time it may take us longer, mother nature can at times gift us with lots of pups in a litter, but she can also do the opposite too!
Operating a real life, real time scheme is both exciting and challenging, with many variables as you can imagine so we ask you to bear with us.
Whilst awaiting the exciting news of the pup you have named we’ll send you some lovely information about the different types of dogs we breed and insights into what happens during those incredibly special first few weeks.
You can choose if you would like to receive your Name Puppy communication either by post or electronically – just let us know which you would prefer.
We have a range of naming levels with each level following a puppy to a different milestone in their journey. So, it will all depend on the level that you choose. See full details on our naming levels.
We want to keep your fundraising fun, so we recommend no longer than 2 years. We will be on hand throughout your fundraising journey to help with fundraising ideas and answer any questions to support you in achieving your fundraising aspirations.
We have a fundraising pack full of ideas and inspiration. We also appoint a dedicated key contact from the Guide Dogs team who will be happy to help answer any questions you have.
Yes, however, if you select a named sponsorship level that includes a puppy visit we wouldn’t be able to bring the puppy to see you in person, however the digital option will be available to you.
If you would like to update your address or contact preferences please contact the Name a Puppy Supporter care team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0345 1430 222. The team are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and are always happy to help.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to specify the colour or breed of your named dog, but we can guarantee that whatever breed or colour they are, they’ll be adorable.
We’re really sorry but that wouldn’t be possible. Having a dog is a huge commitment and a big decision. We have a re-homing team that carefully assess the needs of our dogs and find the perfect home to meet those needs.