Meet Fiona Notton, Adoption Coordinator and Senior Administrator at Guide Dogs.
In her role, Fiona’s job encompasses ‘finding forever’ homes for dogs that don’t have the requirements to work with blind people. This may be in another service, or a “Buddy” or pet home. Fiona visits homes to check they meet the criteria and follows up to make sure everything is working out. She also helps organise sponsor visits, arranges for dogs to attend events or be available for photo shoots as well as takes sponsor tours. Fiona also assists Paul Metcalf, blind Foundation Guide Dogs National Manager in a Personal Assistant capacity.
Having a role that covers such a wide range of tasks, Fiona’s days are always different. “I can be out placing a dog, taking a tour, on the phone talking to people about potential homes for dogs or catching up on paperwork or emails,” says Fiona.
Having been a part of the Blind Foundation for almost 11 years Fiona’s highlights range from successfully placing “career change” dogs to having the opportunity to talk to sponsors and donors about the wonderful service Blind Foundation Guide Dogs provide.
Fiona will be joining over 1000 other New Zealanders this March for the Annual Red Puppy street appeal. You too can be a part of raising vital funds so the team at Blind Foundation Guide Dogs can continue the life changing work they do.
If you can spare a couple hours on Friday 24 or Saturday 25 March then please sign up to collect today.