GUIDE Dogs is a national charity that support people living with sight loss throughout the UK. Our Herts, Beds and Essex team currently supports over 160 guide dogs and their owners. We’re looking to increase this number in 2022 with the support of our volunteers every step of the way. Guide Dogs are looking for volunteers in Grays (and surrounding areas) to play a vital role in the early development and education of our dogs, providing a loving home for puppies as they grow towards the next stage of their training. Could you and your family care for a guide dog puppy?
Jodie Noakes, a Puppy Raiser from Watford says ‘Puppy raising has been an eye-opening experience for my whole family. It’s given me the challenge I yearned for and an excuse to explore new areas and meet new people and for my children, it provided comfort while they were doing their A Levels and taught them an array of important life skills.’
This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as the puppy will live with you for 12-16 months. All Puppy Raisers receive training including e-learning courses, monthly puppy classes and a local staff contact who will be with you every step of the journey. All food, vet bills and treatments will be covered by Guide Dogs giving you peace of mind and time to focus on the nurture of the puppy. If you would like to be a part of a life changing journey join our puppy raising community today. For more information please contact Tyne at Tyne.Samuel@guidedogs.org.uk or call 07423 600020 or visit our website: www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer. The Guide Dogs family means that together we will be helping more people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well.
‘Raising guide dog puppies has been the restoration of my mental health. As a family we get equally as much out of being a Puppy Raiser as we put in.’