Animal loving foster carers are needed to look after puppies for a year before they become hearing dogs for the deaf

Otto is one of the puppies trained to be an assistance dog with Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The Chatt

Otto is one of the puppies trained to be an assistance dog with Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The Chatteris branch is appealing for volunteers to train puppies for the first year of their life before they go on to more intensive training. Picture: PAUL WILKINSON - Credit: Archant

A national charity is looking for animal loving volunteers to look after puppies for a year until they are ready to be trained as assistance dogs for deaf people.

One of the puppies trained to be an assistance dog with Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The Chatteris bra

One of the puppies trained to be an assistance dog with Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The Chatteris branch is appealing for volunteers to train puppies for the first year of their life before they go on to more intensive training. Picture: PAUL WILKINSON - Credit: Archant

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, which has a base in Chatteris, is holding a coffee morning with some of its trainee puppies so people can go along to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

The event is at Chatteris Library on Saturday November 3 from 10.30am to 1pm.

Jill Yates, a volunteer trainer, said: “Volunteers take puppies from eight weeks old, a bit like being a foster parent.

“The aim is to get the puppies used to living in a family environment and going out and about.


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“People don’t need to have any dog training skills and they will be supported by a dedicated member of staff.

“Volunteers look after puppies for a year. It is a commitment but has huge rewards.

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“After the year the puppies then go for further more intensive training to prepare them for their working role as a hearing dog for the deaf.”

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