Dog lovers needed to help raise Guide Dog puppies

The charity is holding an event where you can learn about what a volunteer does and meet volunteers and pups

Puppy raisers are being sought for the sight loss charity Guide Dogs at its Leamington Spa training centre. The charity is holding an event where you can learn about what a volunteer does and meet volunteers and Guide Dog pups.

Puppy Raising Information Day is being held on Saturday, February 24, at the Guide Dogs Midlands Regional Centre, on Warwick New Rd (CV32 6AH). Expert staff will be available to answer questions and run puppy training demonstrations, so you can find out more about the skills a guide dog puppy has to maste

Volunteer Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs have a guide dog puppy living with them for around 12-16 months, with all costs covered. They help them with their basic training and socialisation, before they start their guide dog training.

The charity also has a volunteer Puppy Fosterer role, where you look after a guide dog pup for a shorter amount of time. The event will be running from 10am until 1pm.

Visitors are welcome to drop in at any time, with no need to pre-book. The on-site charity shop will also be open.

Anna Standing, Operations Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Midlands Regional Centre in Leamington Spa next weekend, for our Puppy Raising Information Day. We’re currently recruiting for more volunteer Puppy Raisers across the Midlands, so this event is the perfect opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about the role and meet our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers and staff.

“Each of the 3,458 life-changing guide dogs in the UK will have had a volunteer Puppy Raiser supporting them throughout their first year and preparing them for their important training. We couldn’t do what we do, without our amazing volunteering network, and volunteer Puppy Raisers are vital to our organisation.”

Volunteers must be aged over 18 and have suitable housing. Please note, that to ensure the health and safety of the dogs at the Midlands Regional Centre, they kindly ask that you do not bring pet dogs to this event.