Sponsor a puppy
Our puppies are special - they are the assistance dogs of the future. When they are fully grown, they will play a life-changing role in the lives of adults and children with a physical disability.
This is an on-going project
Dogs for Good
In order to train assistance dogs to help improve the quality of life for disabled people, Dogs for the Disabled needs lots of puppies.
The puppies spend the first year of their lives with a volunteer puppy socialiser who cares for them in their own home. However, as well as teaching them 'normal' puppy skills such as sitting and walking on the lead, our puppies are also taken to allsorts of places - acafe, on the bus or train, even to the cinema! This helps to prepare them for their career as a life changing assistance dog.
To socialise 90 puppies during 2013.
Activities» We will place 90 puppies with volunteer socialisers, who will be given training and support to help them to bring up their puppy.
Success will be getting 90 well-socialised dogs in 2014 which will become the assistance dogs of the future.
in time, the 90 puppies will become assistance dogs, helping their disabled owners in a number of ways:
* picking up a set of keys that have been dropped.
* removing the duvet from over a disabled child in the morning.
* taking the washing out of the machine.
* giving someone the confidence to take a bus trip alone for the first time.
There is a risk that the puppies will not all be suitable for life as an assistance dog. We have a comprehensive re-homing plan which ensures that all puppies are found loving, permanent homes.
We have a dedicated fundraising team whose role is to keep donors updated on the progress of the charity and the relevant project. We also run a 'Sponsor a Puppy' scheme which allows donors to follow a certain puppy through socialisation and training.
Budget - Project Cost: £2,836Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £700 Puppy Purchase The purchase of the puppy £479 Welfare Costs The costs of insurance, flea treatment, worming treatment etc £352 Food The cost of dog food £1,158 Puppy Socialiser Costs Co-ordinators look after the progress of each puppy and offer support as required £147 Equipment Vital equipment needed for each puppy
The project is managed from the Charity's headquarters in Banbury Oxfordshire. Puppy socialisers are mostly situated within an hour of Banbury or Bristol, our satellite training centre.
Eventually, the beneficiaries will be the 90 disabled people who will be partnered with their assistance dog. This might be a child with autism whose family has never before been able to enjoy a family day out, a child in a wheelchair who never previously liked speaking to people in the street or an adult with mobility issues who is able to ask the dog to fetch the telephone.
The charity has been in existence since 1988 and, since that time, has trained over 500 dogs for people with a disability.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Director of Training and Operations
purchases the equipment needed for one puppy
“I just feel so happy. People are smiling and acknowledging me in a positive way.”