GUIDE Dogs is urgently looking for loving homes for its four-legged mums.
The charity is short on homes across Solihull for guide dog mums – who have litters of puppies which go on to provide life-changing support to people living with sight loss.
Ian and Tricia Plenderleith from Solihull have cared for guide dog mums since 2008. They are currently looking after Golden Retrievers Winnie and Mandy.
They need walking, care and company like other dogs, and the charity covers food and vet fees.
Mandy has had one litter of puppies in the couple’s home. The pups then move to the breeding centre in Leamington when they are around six-weeks-old.
Ian said: “It’s so rewarding to see the puppies being born and to help them develop within the weeks you have them.
“We get visitors in of all ages so the pups are well socialised.
“Looking after a guide dog mum is a very rewarding volunteering role and it’s really worthwhile.
“We know these pups will go on to do wonderous things for people with sight loss.”
The charity is urging anyone who lives within an hour’s drive of the breeding centre and would like to care for a guide dog mum to get in touch.
Charity spokeswoman Kelly Newton said: “We’re in desperate need of homes in Warwickshire for our guide dog mums, who play an integral part in helping us to provide our life-changing services to people with sight loss.
“Looking after a guide dog mum is incredibly rewarding and we provide all of the training required to ensure you have the skills you need to provide our dogs with the best care.
“If you could help us, we’d urge you to get in touch.”
Email [email protected] or call 0345 143 0216 for more information.