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Mini Dogs

Maxwell Penny, a Mini Dog VolunteerMini Dogs and the larger, Model Dogs are dog-shaped collection containers, that sit in prominent places in places such as cafes, shops and restaurants.

They help raise much-needed funds and awareness of the Guide Dog program. All donations received are invested directly into Guide Dogs WA —making a profound difference to the lives of West Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

Small change, big difference!

Request a Collection Dog for your Business

Whichever dog you request, will be delivered to your business as soon possible,  usually within one week.

The collection dog will be collected quarterly and the amount raised counted by our dedicated team of volunteers. Twice yearly, you will receive a special ‘Thank you’ certificate with the amount you and your customers have raised.

We also offer a self-banking option if we do not have a volunteer in your local area. This can be useful for retail businesses that regularly need change, as they can use the coins from the Mini Dog and forward the donations to us through a direct deposit.

We won’t, under any circumstances, hold your business liable for any Mini Dogs in the unfortunate event of theft. We do encourage businesses to secure the Mini Dogs to the counter, which we can provide.

Yellow Labrador puppy with a Mini DogMini Dogs

This small-footprint, 35cm tall lightweight plastic pup is designed to take up minimum space, and sit on a countertop near the till, to collect any spare change.

Tap to Donate Mini DogTap to Donate Dog

This 21st century upgrade to the original Mini Dog, is the same counter-friendly size, but allows supporters to make a $3 donation with a single tap of a credit or payWave card. Each dog is fitted with a SIM card – all that is needed is a power outlet.

Model Dog Collection Box & PuppyModel Dog

More than twice the size of our standard model dog, our 83cm tall Model Dogs are close to life-size and are designed to be floor standing. Ideal for higher traffic areas, eg. supermarket or shopping centre, these iconic dogs have been a well-loved and fondly-remembered feature for many years.

Our volunteer collectors will always present their official Guide Dogs WA ID badge before removing the dog and its contents.

To request a Mini or Model Dog, please email our Mini Dogs Coordinator.

Collection Volunteers

A Collection Volunteer is responsible for collecting and replacing Mini Dogs, emptying Model Dogs and identifying opportunities for new placements of the Dogs.


  • A valid C class WA Drivers Licence
  • Police Clearance, which we can obtain on your behalf
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good navigational skills and a safe driving history
  • Ability to commit to long term volunteering
  • A genuine interest in becoming a positive ambassador for Guide Dogs
  • Ability to train new volunteers if required

Maintenance Champions

Our Maintenance Champions are responsible for the painting, cleaning and replacing the stickers on the Mini and Model Dogs.


  • A steady hand to paint new dogs and touch up older dogs
  • Cleaning and sticker placement
  • Ensuring that each and every Mini and Model Dog is looking presentable
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Support with Corporate Days if required
  • Police Clearance, which we can obtain on your behalf
  • A sense of humour and ability to cope with change and stress
  • Ability to train new volunteers if required
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • A genuine interest in becoming a positive ambassador for Guide Dogs

For the full job descriptions of the above positions, please visit VisAbility volunteering.

For more information on hosting a Mini or Model Dog, or volunteering for the program, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch shortly.

Alternatively, please contact our Mini Dogs Coordinator on (08) 9311 8285 or email our Mini Dogs Coordinator.

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