Blind charity needs ‘puppy raisers’ to adopt adorable baby labradors for a year

A blind charity is on the hunt for volunteers to take care of 10 adorable labrador puppies for a year.

Guide Dogs is currently recruiting "Puppy Raisers" living in Rugby, Warwickshire who can take care of guide dog pups during the first year of their life.

Puppy Raisers play a vital role in helping young dogs develop the skills they need to one day be able to work with people with sight loss, Coventry Live reports.

The volunteers teach the pups basic commands and helping them get used to the outside world.

Claire Purr, a Puppy Development Advisor for Guide Dogs, said: "This is a great opportunity for people in Rugby to raise a guide dog puppy at home, helping to prepare a pup for their future role supporting someone with sight loss.

"It's a long-term volunteering role, as each pup will live with you in your home for at least a year.

"We'll provide all the training required and the support you need, so you feel well equipped to care for your pup as they grow and develop.

"If you're from Rugby and think you could give a loving home to a guide dog pup, please do get in touch."

At around seven weeks of age, the puppies move in with their volunteer Puppy Raiser, where they remain until around 12 to 16 months old.

After that, they head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.

While the volunteers ' work is extremely important, they are not expected to cover the costs associated with looking after the dogs, with Guide Dogs covering the cost of all the food, veterinary care, and equipment needed to look after them.

To become a Puppy Raiser, you must be over 18 and have suitable housing.

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The charity warns that caring for a puppy is a full-time commitment and volunteers must be able to give a guide dog pup the love and attention they deserve.

Those interested in looking after one of the pups are asked to contact Guide Dogs volunteering coordinator for Rugby, Mike Hefferan, at [email protected]

They can also visit the charity's website at www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteering.

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