Guide Dogs is encouraging local businesses and organisations to get behind its Name a Puppy scheme and fund-raise to help train new recruits.
The charity trains more than 800 dogs with new blind or partially sighted owners each year and, with no government support, relies entirely on public donations.
The Name a Puppy scheme invites groups, companies and individuals to make an incredible gift or to fund-raise to support a pup through their first training stage, which the charity calls Puppy Walking.
Guide Dog Spring (pictured), who is now nearly 5 years old was named by a group that raised £5,000 for the charity and is now a working guide dog for someone who is blind or partially sighted. She ensures her owner has independence and mobility.
Andrea Williams from Guide Dogs said: “The group that named Spring gave an incredible gift. We are so grateful to the people who fund-raised and those who donated. As a result of their help, we have been able to change a life. It is not just Spring who is a life changer, but also those who helped raise the funds to name her.”
As part of the scheme, donors not only have the opportunity to name a pup but for £5,000 they will also hear about their adventure as a guide dog puppy and meet the pup too.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Name a Puppy scheme can do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 07900 705100 or online at www.guidedogs.org.uk