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Could you be a pal to one of our pups?

Could you be a pal to one of our pups?

We’re looking for puppy pals in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall to help raise a life-changing future assistance dog for a veteran with invisible injuries such as PTSD.

Interested? Then read on...

Puppy pals play a vital role in the development of assistance dogs: they spend countless hours caring for, teaching, and socialising our pups in the real world in their own homes.

They also take our puppies everywhere - to work, out to eat, on trips, and even shopping. This real-world training imitates the experiences that our puppies need in order to be successful assistance dogs.

The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus but we’ll provide you with costs, puppy care and training. It truly is an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and most puppy pals choose to participate again and again even though one of the hardest parts is saying goodbye!

Puppy pals start with an eight-week-old puppy and foster the dog from anything between six to 12 months until an appropriate client match is made. The puppies are then ‘placed’ with their veteran and begin “school” for advanced training, with one of our many expert trainers who volunteer with us.

But don’t worry if you can’t commit to being a puppy pal full-time as we also need people to help with short-term care and respite cover. Occasionally, we also have older pups in need of fostering so their time with you will be shorter.

If you would like to become a puppy pal, simply fill out the online form on our contact page, making sure you select the ‘Puppy Pals’ option and outline why you would make a good pal. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t owned a dog before but we do ask that you seriously think about the time and commitment you will need to put in before applying.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Please click here to contact us about becoming a puppy pal: http://www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk/contact