Dogs for blind to be trained in town cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A CHAR­ITY that trains dogs for the blind will put their new pup­pies through their paces on the city’s streets to­mor­row.

Mem­bers of the char­ity Hear­ing Dogs For The Deaf will launch their ‘Paws for Cof­fee’ cam­paign in Peter­bor­ough, which aims to re­cruit 25 new vol­un­teers to help train the dogs for the job.

It will see five month old Bruno and 10 week old Isaac taken around the city cen­tre by fully trained work­ers who ‘so­cialise’ the dogs with their en­vi­ron­ment.

They will be joined by Cam­bridgeshire MEP Roger Howitt who said: “With­out pub­lic sup­port they will not be able to pro­vide the sort of as­sis­tance that can trans­form a per­son’s qual­ity of life.

“Or­gan­is­ing or join­ing a ‘Paws for Cof­fee’ fundraiser is a great way of show­ing our com­mit­ment to the ex­cel­lent work done by Hear­ing Dogs For The Deaf.

“Dogs like Isaac and Bruno can make the world of dif­fer­ence to help blind peo­ple lead a more in­de­pen­dent, con­fi­dent and se­cure life.

“In some Euro­pean coun­tries such as Bel­gium and Hun­gary ho­tels reg­u­larly charge as­sis­tance dog users ex­tra for trav­el­ling with an an­i­mal.

“This is clearly un­ac­cept­able and I will con­tinue my fight to end this dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

When a young dog is taken on by the char­ity they spend the next few months liv­ing with a vol­un­teer puppy so­cialiser to learn ba­sic man­ners and obe­di­ence.

The so­cialiser in­tro­duces the dog to many en­vi­ron­ments and ex­pe­ri­ences to get him used to sit­u­a­tions he might en­counter as a qual­i­fied hear­ing dog.

For more de­tails on vol­un­teer­ing visit www.hear­ing­dogs.org.uk.

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