GUIDE Dogs is calling for volunteers across Coventry and Warwickshire to 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 supports puppies for the first 12 to 16 months of their lives before they begin their specialised training.
Costs for all the food, veterinary care and equipment required is covered by the charity.
Claire Purr, a Puppy Development Advisor for Guide Dogs, said: “This is a rewarding opportunity to raise a guide dog puppy and prepare them for their future role supporting someone with sight loss.
“It’s 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, so you feel well equipped to care for your puppy.”
Volunteers must be aged over 18 and have suitable housing. Caring for a puppy is a full-time commitment and you must be able to give a guide dog pup the love and attention they deserve.
Applicants must have the ability to access online content and training materials and have an email address.
To find out more, contact Guide Dogs Volunteering Coordinator for Warwickshire, Mike Hefferan, by emailing [email protected], by visiting www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteering or calling 0800 781 1444.