Temporary Falkirk homes needed for guide dog puppies

Guide dog puppies Tally, Elsie, Laddie and Remy.
Guide dog puppies Tally, Elsie, Laddie and Remy.

The charity Guide Dogs has launched an appeal to find volunteers in Falkirk who can give a guide dog puppy a home for around a year.

Volunteer puppy walkers care for the dogs from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 15 months old.

Volunteering Consultant Emma Murton said: “Puppy walkers are amazing volunteers who start our puppies on their journey to becoming fully-fledged guide dogs.

“They provide the full-time care and education of our puppies until they are ready to go to Guide Dog Training School.

“To become a puppy walker, volunteers will need to be home for the majority of the day and have a securely fenced garden. They’ll also need to be able to take their puppy into many varied environments, such as shops, cafes and on public transport.

“It’s an extremely rewarding role and volunteers receive full training and plenty of support from our staff.

“We will be able to confirm the location of the event with those interested when they contact us to register. If anyone is unable to make the event but is interested in becoming a volunteer, we would still love to hear from them.”

The charity, who rely on donations from the public to keep services running, will be holding an event in Livingston on Thursday March 15, from 10.30am until 12pm, where those interested can find out more about the role.