A CHARITY is urgently seeking volunteers to become puppy parents to ensure they can continue to train assistance dogs.
Canine Partners trains assistance dogs to help people with disabilities.
The charity is looking for volunteers who can take a puppy into their home from the age of eight weeks until they are 12–14 months old.
They will need to be available to attend regular puppy-training classes at the training centre in Heyshott, and to teach basic obedience and core tasks that will be vital as they move on to advanced training.
Cowplain puppy parent Glenis Lawrenson has been a volunteer for seven years, and has cared for five puppies.
She said: “I decided to become a puppy parent because I had heard about the fantastic work of Canine Partners and my social conscience kicked in – I felt I could do something which would benefit other people.
“Being a puppy parent brings out every emotion there is. There is always a lot of laughter when there is a puppy about. When you see that dog changing the life of a person with disabilities, knowing you have played a part in it, you feel proud enough to burst!”
Puppy parents will have the full support of Canine Partners’ puppy trainer, Elaine Potter, and all expenses relating to the pup’s training will be met by the charity. For further details contact Elaine Potter on 01730 716036.