Invitation to raise a guide dog puppy

Puppy walkers are needed in St Andrews and Cupar
Puppy walkers are needed in St Andrews and Cupar

The charity Guide Dogs is encouraging animal lovers in St Andrews and Cupar to make a difference this year by volunteering to raise a guide dog puppy.

Puppy walkers care for the young dogs from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 15 months old to help them on their way to becoming a life changing guide dog.

Shonagh Hodgson, volunteer co-ordinator, said, “Puppy walkers are essential volunteers and without them we simply couldn’t continue providing life-changing partnerships for people with sight loss.

“We are specifically looking for people in the St Andrews and Cupar areas.

Puppy walkers provide the full-time care and education of our puppies until they are ready to go to Guide Dog Training School.

“To become a puppy walker, volunteers will need to be home for the majority of the day and be able to take their puppy into many varied environments, and a securely fenced garden.

“The role requires hard work and dedication but it is extremely rewarding, and our volunteers will receive full training and plenty of support from our staff.

For more information about becoming a puppy walker, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/puppywalking.