Guide Dogs is appealing for volunteers anywhere in Yorkshire to train and socialise guide dog puppies – a volunteering role known as Puppy Walking.
These crucial volunteers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old when the puppies are then returned to the charity to begin their formal guide dog training.
Ruth Wood, Volunteer Consultant for Guide Dogs, explains: “We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers – our Puppy Walkers play an essential role – if we don’t have Puppy Walkers, we don’t have guide dogs. The role is challenging and it’s a real commitment to take a puppy in to your home for a year, but with the support of Guide Dogs staff, our volunteers find it extremely rewarding to raise a dog who will one day give a blind or partially-sighted person a new independence.”
To become a Puppy Walker, volunteers will need to be home the majority of the day or be able to take the puppy to a suitable work environment. Puppy Walkers take their puppy into many varied environments and we would ask that the puppy could experience a busy town environment on a weekly basis. Travel on different forms of transport is also necessary. The volunteer will need access to a car and a securely fenced yard or garden. Guide Dogs supply basic equipment and cover all veterinary and feeding expenses.
Guide Dogs are always needing general volunteers to help with running of the fundraising branches, so if you would like to become a Puppy Walker or a branch volunteer, or to request more information on both please call 0845 371 7771, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk