Appeal for guide dog boarding pals

December 05 2016

COULD you give a loving and temporary home to a guide dog just like this one?


COULD you give a loving and temporary home to a guide dog just like this one?

Animal lovers from the Fishponds area are being asked to consider looking after a young guide dog, like Peppa on the right, so they are used to being in a domestic environment.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is recruiting volunteer boarders and are looking for local people who have a garden or yard.

Neil Howe, from the charity, said: "When our dogs are being trained we like them to live with a volunteer boarder in a domestic environment as this makes it easier for them to settle into home life with their new guide dog owner when they have completed their training.

"If you live in the Fishponds area and your home has a garden or yard we would love to hear from you. Most weekdays our trainer would pick up and drop off your dog and you would be responsible for walking and exercising him or her at weekends and on days when the dogs are not being trained."

Each dog is likely to stay with a volunteer for twelve to fourteen weeks.

Steve, a volunteer boarder, said: “Boarding a trainee dog means that I can enjoy having a dog in the evening and at weekends and at the same time I know that I am playing a part in enabling a blind person to become more independent."

Guide Dogs for the Blind also needs respite boarders who can provide a full-time home for some of the dogs for a short period, often at short notice.  

This could be for a young dog that has been withdrawn from training for a health or behaviour related reason or it could be an older dog that has retired and is waiting for a new permanent home.

To be a boarder you don’t need any previous experience of dogs as the charity provides full training and ongoing support, but you would need to follow the charity's rules for dog care and behaviour.  

Guide Dogs for the Blind will provide all necessary equipment and cover the cost of food and vet bills.

For more information about these volunteering opportunities please call Amanda Bealing at the local Guide Dogs’ office on 03451 430204 or email