Dogs for blind to be trained in town centre
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.