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CHARITY: Volunteer for puppy-raising

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Would you like to be an important part of the process that sees a tiny, seven-week-old puppy grow and mature into a life-changing guide dog?

Would you like to be part of a friendly and supportive volunteer community?

Raising a puppy for Guide Dogs, from the age of seven weeks to about 14 months, is a wonderful, yet challenging experience.

You need the time and patience to help a canine cutie on its first steps to being a fledgling guide dog, but will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to develop a new generation of life-changers and will see the puppy in your care blossom and grow.

You need a private and enclosed garden or yard, have access to a car, be in a position where the dog will not be left for more than three hours (probably less in the first few weeks) and be happy to follow directions from our Puppy Training Supervisor on behaviour, feeding and training.

Guide Dogs provides training, food, vets bills, ongoing support and monthly puppy classes.

We also have a supportive and friendly network of fellow puppy-raising volunteers in the area so you will become part of a thriving and sociable volunteer community.

If you live in Morpeth or the nearby areas of Ponteland, Hepscott, Stannington or Mitford, we would love to hear from you as we have puppies waiting for a home.

For an informal chat about the role and volunteering for Guide Dogs please contact me on 08451 430220 or newcastle@guidedogs.org.uk

Claire Devine

Volunteering Consultant, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association