Charity seeks puppy lovers to take in future guide dogs - The Rugby Observer

Charity seeks puppy lovers to take in future guide dogs

PUPPY lovers are wanted by a Rugby charity to help raise future guide dogs.

Sight loss charity Guide Dogs is looking for volunteers in the town who could provide a loving home to a guide dog puppy for the first year of their life.

‘Puppy Raisers’ are vital to the early development of guide dogs, teaching basic commands and helping them get used to different environments.

The role involves supporting puppies for the first 12-16 months of their lives before they begin their specialised guide dog training.

The cost of all the food, veterinary care and equipment required is covered by the charity.

Anna Standing, Operations Manager at Guide Dogs covering Rugby, said: “Being a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to raise a guide dog puppy and prepare them for their future role supporting someone with sight loss.

“It is a long-term volunteering role, as each puppy will live with you for at least a year.

“We’ll provide all the support and training you need, so you feel well equipped to care for your puppy when they arrive with you.

“If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs, please do get in touch.

“With your support, we can help train more life-changing guide dogs for people in the UK living with sight loss.”

Volunteers must be aged over 18, have suitable housing, and be able to give a guide dog puppy the love and attention they deserve.

Applicants must also have the ability to access online content and training materials, and have an email address.

The charity is holding a Puppy Raising Information Day for people interested in the role on Saturday February 24 at 10am until 1pm, at its Midlands Regional Centre at Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington.

Contact Volunteering Coordinator Gail Pajak via [email protected] or on 0800 781 1444 for more information.

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