Puppies that we buy, raise and train are the future Guide Dogs for vision impaired people and Therapy Dogs for children with special needs.
We place puppies with volunteer families for the early stages of their development before they can be trained so that they grow in home environment, are well behaved, house trained, used to city life and, of course, receive the love and care that they need.
We are always looking for, test and purchase puppies. When we purchase one we check our database of volunteers and chose the family that is most suited for the puppy.
So, you’ve decided to become a volunteer and raise a puppy for our Center. We bring the puppy (which is usually four to five months old) to you. It is either a Labrador or a Golden Retriever. The dog has been checked by a veterinarian, is healthy and vaccinated as necessary. Our dog trainer tells you everything that you need to know about the puppy, its behaviour, feeding, care, walks… and helps to set contact with the puppy.
After that a dog trainer assigned to you will be visiting you weekly to train the puppy. The time for his/her visits will be convenient for you. Usually training sessions take place outside and last one to two hours.
If you need help or a consultation at any time our dog trainer will be there for you. We are always in touch. The puppy will stay with you for about six months. When the puppy is 10-12 months old we will move it to our Center. Here the dog will be trained for six months as a Guide Dog or a Therapy Dog. Thanks to your help the dog will be well socialised and ready for training by that time. We really need your help but it’s volunteer. That’s why you can refuse to participate in the program at any moment and we will take the puppy back without asking any questions or any complaints.
Your duties as a volunteer
1. Walk the dog three-four times a day to house train it. A young dog needs 2-3 daily walks.
2. Raise the dog in accordance with the recommendations of our dog trainer following simple rules.
3. Keep an eye on health and behaviour of the dog and inform us about any changes.
4. Allow our dog trainer (one person) to take the puppy for weekly training.
1. We provide the puppy with everything it needs: food, equipment, toys, bowls, veterinary care, including a cage for you to be able to leave the puppy alone without risking any damage to your home.
2. We buy all the necessary things or cover your expenses. Of course, we would not mind if you take some of the expenses onto yourselves.
3. We advise and provide practical help with raising and care. We will take the puppy for the time of your holiday, business trip or illness.
Why you need it
- You are a kind and socially responsible person that wants to do something good and can do it.
- You love dogs but can not have one of your own at the moment.
- You are not sure if you will be able to live with a dog but your children are begging you to get one. This is a good way to check if you can.
- You want your children to know first hand about charity and caring for others, about helping people in need.
- You are…vain and are going to be proud that you’ve raised such an amazing and unusual dog. In the end, how many Guide Dogs have your friends or family met?
Whatever the reason for you to become a volunteer for our Center you will have a warm memory about a good deed and, of course, the most sincere and deep gratitude of a person with special needs that will receive “your” dog.
Important! We maintain control over the dog’s future and the conditions in which it lives. If you want we can keep you informed about the dog you raised.
If you want to participate in the program, please fill in the application form for and email it to us.