Puppies urgently need new homes before starting guide dog journey

A charity again appeals to Northampton volunteers to provide the pups with a much-needed home for the first year.

Guide Dogs charity provides dog companions for people with extreme vision problems to help them with everyday tasks.

The charity trains the dogs until they are fit to become a guide dog, but before that they must be cared for by volunteers for the first year of their lives.

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Guide dogs made an appeal a few months ago about needing at least 10 new homes for puppies in Northampton, but they reported that “few people have had contact”.

They have said that their puppy raisers play an “important role” in the early socialization and training of the dogs, teaching them basic commands and helping them get used to the outside world.

While Claire Purr, a guide dog puppy development consultant who cares for Northampton, is disappointed with the initial lack of interest, she hopes some locals in the city will come forward to help.

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The charity needs ‘puppy raisers’ to look after their puppies for the first year before they are trained to be guide dogs

“Although we launched our puppy breeder recruitment campaign in Northampton last month, we have received little interest so far,” said Claire.

“This is a great opportunity for the people of Northampton to raise a guide dog puppy to prepare a puppy for their future role of assisting someone with vision loss.

“It’s long term volunteering as each puppy will live with you for at least a year.

“We provide all of the training and support you need to make you feel well equipped to look after your puppy as he grows and develops.

“We need to find a new home for our guide dog pups in Northampton to ensure we can keep our life changing ministries going.

“If you are from Northampton and believe you can provide a loving, temporary home to a guide dog puppy, please contact us.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have suitable accommodation for a puppy. They must also have access to online content and training materials and have an email address.

If you are interested or want to learn more about what it means to be a puppy raiser, please contact Mike Hefferan, Guide Dog Volunteer Coordinator for Northampton at [email protected] on 0800 781 at 1444 or visit their website.

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