Could you be a puppy foster parent and train a little bundle of fur like Quinley, pictured, to become an assistance dog?
National charity Canine Partners urgently needs Eastbourne volunteers to become puppy parents to ensure that they can continue to train assistance dogs in the county.
This vital role allows Canine Partners to team a specially trained assistance dog with a person with disabilities.
The charity is specifically 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 near Hailsham and to teach the pup basic obedience and core tasks that will be vital when the dog is ready for advanced training.
Local puppy parent Ruth Breading parents puppy Gooch and they have worked together on his early training since October 2011.
Ruth said, “Having a puppy share my life is fantastic, but I have also gained a new set of
friends and without realising it, I have joined the fabulous Canine Partners family.
“Gooch and I really enjoy the weekly puppy training classes.
“Being a puppy parent has given me a personal challenge and led to a wonderful sense of achievement as Gooch has developed.”
All puppy parents will have the full support of Ruth Narracott, Canine Partners’ puppy satellite trainer.
And all expenses relating to the pup’s training will be met by the charity.
Ruth added, “You will be guided on how to socialise your puppy to the many different environments in which an assistance dog will have to cope.”
For further information about becoming a puppy parent please contact Ruth Narracott on 07764 823 501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org