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Overload of puppy cuteness for Richmond volunteers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:10 PDT, Fri June 28, 2019

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs needs volunteers in Richmond to provide short-term, loving homes for expectant canine moms and their newborn pups.

This is needed to ensure a regular supply of guide dogs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, autism support dogs for children with profound autism, and PTSD service dogs for military and RCMP veterans living with post-traumatic stress.

The group is also looking for longer-term caretakers for the dogs in the breeding program.

Whelpers provide a stable environment for the mother before and after the birth of her litter and take care of the puppies during their first stages of development.

While an overload of puppy cuteness is a definite perk of the job, this important role requires an eight-week, 24/7 full-time commitment.

All food and vet costs are covered, and the whelpers receive training, supplies and support from the staff at BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.

The primary caregiver is required to be at home to care for the dog and be able to provide a space for a puppy pen indoors and a secure outdoor space.

The organization also needs more puppy raisers. (For more information on that program, click for our Richmond Sentinel story.)

The professionally-trained adult Guide and Service Dogs are provided at no cost to recipients, along with client training and aftercare. Volunteers are integral to the organization’s mission.

If you live in Richmond and are interested in hearing more about this warm and fuzzy volunteer opportunity, please call the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs office and ask for Linda Thornton at 604-940-4504.

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