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Puppy Parents wanted by Canine Partners

PUBLISHED: 10:39 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:39 13 October 2014

Canine Partners

Canine Partners

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Read on to find out how you can become a Puppy Parent

The Essex puppy training satellite for Canine Partners, which provides highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, is looking for volunteers to be Puppy Parents. Puppy Parents look after a puppy from the age of eight weeks up until they are ready for advanced training, which can take between six and 18 months.

The volunteers will offer the puppy a loving home during its training, take it to weekly classes at Writtle College and socialise into the local community. Reasonable travel expenses are covered as well as puppy food, toys, equipment, vets costs and training.

Rhiannon Sheppard from Chelmsford is currently looking after her third canine partner, Ziggy. ‘Being a Puppy Parent has given me a chance to overcome my health issues at the same time as helping a person with disabilities,’ says Rhiannon. ‘We go out and about all the time, which keeps me busy and you constantly meet new people. Canine Partners is a fantastic charity, opening doors to independence for disabled people and I would recommend puppy parenting to anyone.’

For more information, visit www.caninepartners.org.uk or email essex@caninepartners.org.uk

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