Guide dogs want Auck­land­homes

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

If your heart melts at the sight of a puppy then you may want to get in touch with the Blind Foun­da­tion.

The char­ity is look­ing for homes in the Auck­land area that can take on a puppy as part of their train­ing to po­ten­tially be­com­ing a guide dog.

The fam­i­lies will need to care for the dogs for the first 12 to 18 months of their life, dur­ing which time the pup­pies will learn to be­come re­spon­si­ble com­pan­ions.

Puppy de­vel­op­ment ad­vi­sor Lau­ren King said the char­ity was seek­ing walk­ers in the cen­tral, west and North Shore ar­eas of Auck­land.

How­ever fam­i­lies needed to take the dog on know­ing they’re go­ing to have to say good­bye, she said.

‘‘We have about a 50 per cent suc­cess rate so some of the dogs will go through into guide dogs and some of them will be re­homed as pets,’’ King said.

‘‘It is a big com­mit­ment and we cer­tainly are very ap­pre­cia­tive of all their sup­port and hard work that they do for us.’’

The char­ity’s Auck­land breed­ing cen­tre has about 17 pup­pies need­ing homes, King said.

‘‘We prob­a­bly breed around 140 a year.’’

Ideal homes will have enough spare time to so­cialise with the puppy.

Visit the Blind Foun­da­tion web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

HUGH COLLINS/FAIRFAX NZ

The Blind Foun­da­tion are seek­ing fam­i­lies to take on pup­pies for 12 to 18 months.

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