Litter of puppies needs foster families
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has announced the birth of their latest litters of puppies.
Within several weeks, these puppies will require foster homes to learn what it takes to become a “good dog” before entering formal training to become guide dog for a visually impaired person.
It’s a two-year process for the dog, including 12-18 months in the home of a volunteer.
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking foster families in the B.C. Lower Mainland for their latest arrivals.
You must be home most of the day or obtain permission to take the dog to work with you.
You require access to a vehicle for veterinary appointments and training sessions.
All food and veterinary expenses are provided.
This is a 12-18 month commitment, raising and training the dog in your home, with the expectation for daily long walks in all weather conditions.
They also ask you to take the dog to as many places as you can, introducing a variety of environments and situations to aid the dog in eventually becoming a guide dog.
When the dog is ready to enter into formal training at the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, you must be prepared to give up the dog so that it may continue its journey to aid as a guide dog to a visually impaired person.
The first stage to applying for this volunteer is to complete an application form for “Puppy Walking,” which can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you may leave a telephone message at 604-270-2432.
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided professionally trained guide dogs to the visually impaired since 1984. Their website is www.guidedogs.ca