VETS in Warwickshire have chosen Dogs for Good as their charity for 2018 to raise much-needed funds towards training assistance dogs.
Avonvale Veterinary Centres will be raising money to support a puppy through assistance training, which costs around £13,000 per dog, by organising a series of events throughout the year.
Dogs for Good trains assistance dogs for communities and families to help those with health issues, in hospital or with a disability.
The charity relies on fundraising and sponsorship efforts to cover the costs of training a puppy, food and healthcare. The overall cost to train and support each assistance dog during their working life is more than £20,000.
Staff from Avonvale’s six practices will complete a variety of activities to raise funds for the charity, including coffee mornings and marathon runs.
Vet Kieran O’Halloran said: “We’ve chosen Dogs for Good as they are a locally-based charity and one we already have strong links with.
“We previously raised enough money to put two puppies through training and one of these dogs is still working, and this is something we’d love to be able to do again.
“It’s Dogs for Good’s 30th year anniversary next year, so it seemed a good time to help them again with a focused fundraising drive.”
The charity is celebrating 30 years of making life changing differences to people with disabilities.
One of the dogs in training, ITV This Morning’s resident puppy Digby, visited Avonvale to help launch the fundraising appeal.