Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is urgently calling for volunteer puppy raisers ahead of a spike in pup births over the next few months.
The not-for-profit organisation expects to see about 60 puppies born over the coming months and is searching for Sydneysiders to help raise them.
Up to 800 people attended Wet Nose Day in Parramatta on Sunday to learn about what it takes to be a volunteer puppy raiser.
A puppy raiser adopts an eight week pup into their home for 12 months, with all vet and food costs covered by the guide dogs organisation.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT spokeswoman Sally Edgar said the need for guide dogs was increasing with an aging population and rising incidents of vision loss.
“The reason we are looking for more in particular is the need for guide dogs is increasing so we need to breed more,” she told AAP.
“The number of people with vision conditions in NSW/ACT that cannot be corrected will increase by 20,000 by 2020.”
The increase will take the number of state and territory residents with vision loss to about 120,000 by 2020, Ms Edgar said.
Vision 2020 Australia projects the number of people across Australia with vision loss aged 40 and over will rise to 801,000 by 2020.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT aims to double the number of guide dogs trained each year by 2015.
Ms Edgar said puppy raising required time, a fenced yard, a car and a residence in the Sydney metropolitan area.
“And lot’s of love,” she said.