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Guide Dogs NI are currently offering life-changing opportunities for dog lovers in Northern Ireland!

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Guide Dogs NI are currently offering life-changing opportunities for dog lovers in Northern Ireland!

Guide Dog NI’s Puppy Raisers provide a puppy with a home and the vital foundations for its future role as a guide dog. The volunteers look after a puppy for 12-16 months and guide him or her through training, socialisation, and the introduction of new environments and experiences whilst providing a loving home.

There might be the odd chewed slipper along the way, but nothing beats the rewarding feeling of loving and raising a puppy who will go on to make an enormous difference to someone living with a vision impairment.

For dog lovers who cannot look after a dog full-time, Fostering may be the ideal opportunity. Fosterers provide a temporary yet loving home for a dog in training whilst they embark on their journey to becoming a guide dog.

Although this role is, unfortunately, location-specific, Guide Dogs fosterers say there is nothing like experiencing the rewarding feeling of seeing the progress their furry companions make in their training.

Volunteering for Guide Dogs is a very important part of my life. I love dogs and I think it’s important to give something back to the community and the role has helped me through some difficult times. I often say Guide Dogs have given me more than I have given them, and I can say without a doubt that it has been a very positive and life changing experience.  Not only because of the satisfaction of helping dogs develop such amazing skills but being able to witness a life changing partnership and someone with a vision impairment gain confidence and independence, plus, the people I’ve met and the friends I have made whilst in the role.”  Clayre, Volunteer Fosterer, Belfast.

The role requires doing the school run; dropping the future life-changer off between 8-9am and picking them up between 5-6pm from Monday to Friday at the Belfast office, as well as providing care and support; from feeding to grooming.

Benefits for both roles include access to Guide Dogs’ first-class training programmes to help re-engage your furry friends at home, and while it is always sad to see the dog go, you know another amazing canine might not be too far behind!

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