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Volunteers needed for 'puppy walking'

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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VOLUNTEERS in the Ashbourne area are being sought to help puppies who will grow to be guide dogs.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is appealing for volunteers to take on ‘puppy walking’ which involves fostering a puppy for the first year of it’s life.

Training is given in how to educate and socialise the puppies, helping them get used to town centres, public transport and home environments before they are returned to the charity for guide dog training between the ages of 12 and 14 months.

The charity supplies basic equipment and will cover all veterinary and feeding expenses.

Dave Clough, Guide Dogs’ volunteer development co-ordinator, said: “We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who can care for the puppies full-time for the first year of their life.

“Puppy walking is challenging and requires commitment but with the support of Guide Dogs staff, our volunteers find puppy walking extremely rewarding and worthwhile.” To become a puppy walker, volunteers will need to be with the puppy the majority of the day and able to take their puppy into many varied environments, have access to a car and a securely fenced yard or garden.

More information about becoming a puppy walker or other volunteering opportunities with the charity, is available by telephoning 0845 371 7771 or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/puppywalking.

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