VOLUNTEERS are being sought in Redditch to provide a loving home to a guide dog for the first year of their life.
Guide Dogs says the summer months have led to a drop in volunteer numbers.
‘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 to 16 months of their lives before they begin their specialised guide dog training.
At least 20 homes are needed for guide dog puppies in the county, with Guide Dogs covering all the costs involved.
Anna Standing, Operations Manager at Guide Dogs covering Redditch, said: “Becoming a Puppy Raiser is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to raise a guide dog pup and prepare them for their future role supporting someone with sight loss.
“We’ll provide all the support and training, so you feel well equipped to care for your puppy when they arrive with you,
“You’ll help your pup learn basic skills and get used to the outside world, ahead of their next stage of guide dog training.”
She added volunteers could still enjoy holidays while caring for a guide dog puppy as fosterers could be organised.
Volunteers, who will teach the pup basic skills, must be over 18, have suitable housing and give the 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.
Email volunteering co-ordinator Gail Pajak at [email protected] or call 0800 781 1444 for more.