Guide Dogs For The Blind Issue Appeal For Puppy Raisers

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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind have issued an appeal for volunteers to raise puppies, to help them become guide and assistance dogs.

The charity issued this appeal, where they said that training and ongoing support would be provided to each raiser of these puppies. They also added that all feeding and vet bills would be covered by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

They also added that equipment including crates and leads will also be provided, as well as care of the pup, when the raiser is away on holidays. 

Ireland and Munster fly half Jack Crowley is an Ambassador for the charity. Speaking about the charity, Crowley said that raising a puppy can help to change someone's life.

Crowley also revealed that his family have raised many pups who went onto become guide or assistance dogs.

"Puppy raising was part of family life growing up," he said. "We all got involved, helping each pup to socialise, learn the basics of obedience, and experience everyday activities such as traveling on buses, trains, and even going to some of my games.

"It's a huge commitment, but we knew that every time a pup left to start formal training, we had given it a significant start in its journey to changing someone’s life", the fly half added.  "Every time I visit the centre now, I’m tempted to sign up again". 

"caring for and teaching"

Elsewhere, puppy raising supervisor Shereen Pearson has said that raising these puppies can also fit in with most people's everyday lives.

"Anyone can apply. Retired people and families with children generally make good puppy raisers, but many combine their role by bringing their pup to the office a couple of days a week, attending appointments, and visiting family and friends", she said. "The important thing is that the person is able to spend time caring for and teaching the puppy". 

The requirements to becoming a puppy raiser including the following:

  • There should be no more than two dogs in the home. All dogs should be over 12 months old, neutered/spayed, up to date on all vaccinations, and well-behaved around other dogs.
  • The puppy must not be left alone for more than four hours.
  • You have a fully enclosed garden with walls or fences minimum 1.52m (5ft) high.
  • Puppy will live inside, day and night.
  • Children in the home must be over five years of age.
  • You must be 18 years or older, but the whole family can get involved.

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