Could you look after a life-changing puppy for a year?

You may well have heard of Guide Dogs, we’re a national charity working to ensure that people with a visual impairment do not lose their independence. There are around 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, and all experience a different level of vision and mobility. We offer a range of mobility services to help people keep their independence, and have an amazing number of dedicated staff, volunteers, and of course, dogs who support the Guide Dogs mission.

Guide Dogs needs volunteers who can help look after and support the training of our guide dog puppies! This is a full-time volunteering role as the puppy would live with you, and you would be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog for someone living with sight loss. Training and ongoing support is provided by Guide Dogs and your Puppy Training Supervisor, and all food and vets bills are paid for.

Puppy Training Supervisor, Lucy, says “Puppy Walking is a rewarding role and we are very grateful to our wonderful volunteers who expose the puppies to a range of daily activities before entering into training at about 12-16 months of age. During this time the Puppy Walker will have full training and support from their local Puppy Training Supervisor. With visits and regular communication. As a puppy walker you will need to be able to dedicate at least a year to the role. If you love dogs and have the time and the patience this could be the role for you.”

Puppy Walking Volunteer, Chris, says “Every day is different – I could be taking the dog out on a walk, getting it used to trains, buses or the seaside! It’s great to be with a dog knowing you are giving something back… When a guide dog owner gets in touch with me to say thank you for puppy walking their life-changing dog, it really feels so rewarding and it’s lovely to get their feedback.”

To find out more about puppy walking with Guide Dogs or any other volunteering opportunities, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer or give the volunteering office a call on 0345 143 0191.

For imagery or information contact: Francesca Rolle, Engagement Officer, francesca.rolle@guidedogs.org.uk / 07467443595

About Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs provides life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss and their friends and family. Guide Dogs are working towards a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full. For more information see www.guidedogs.org.uk