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FROM GUIDE DOGS

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Front Page -

The beau­ti­ful Labrador puppy is part of the Guide Dogs NSW ACT puppy rais­ing pro­gram.

While Anita has been placed with a vol­un­teer fam­ily there are still about 30 guide dog pup­pies who need to be placed with a warm and lov­ing home for the next 12 months.

Karen Hayter, Puppy De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT based at Glos­so­dia said that the need to raise and train more Guide Dog pup­pies was driven by the grow­ing need for Guide Dogs due to the age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Puppy rais­ing vol­un­teers are asked to care for a Guide Dog puppy from when it is eight weeks old to 14 months old.

“As well as pro­vid­ing lots of love and cud­dles, puppy rais­ers help in­tro­duce pups to the sights, sounds and smells it is likely to en­counter as a Guide Dog,” she said. “Our vol­un­teer puppy rais­ers make a won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion in help­ing to trans­form a play­ful puppy into a re­spon­si­ble Guide Dog that will one day change the life of some­one who is blind or has sight loss.”

While ex­pe­ri­ence is not nec­es­sary puppy rais­ers do need to have a fully-fenced yard, have ac­cess to a car and be able to at­tend train­ing days in their lo­cal area. Pup­pies can also not be left at home alone for more than four hours at a time. Puppy rais­ers also have to be avail­able for in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, vet checks and puppy pre-school when re­quired.

“We are look­ing for peo­ple that are home most of the time, who are in­ter­ested in putting ef­fort into train­ing and so­cial­is­ing the dog. What you will get in re­turn is a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ms Hayter said.

While puppy rais­ers are re­spon­si­ble for every­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as groom­ing, house train­ing and ex­er­cis­ing their pups, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT pro­vides food, vet­eri­nary care, flea and tick preven­tion and ded­i­cated Puppy De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sors to an­swer any ques­tions and pro­vide guid­ance to puppy rais­ers.

It takes over two years and costs $50,000 to raise breed, raise and train each Guide Dog. Like all of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ser­vices, Guide Dogs are pro­vided at no cost to those who need them. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply Visit www.guide­dogs.com.au/pup­pyrais­ing or phone (02) 4579 7555.

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