Experienced dog lovers required to provide overnight and weekend care for assistance dogs in training!

 

Calling all volunteers in the Midlands....we are currently looking for potential B&B foster parents for our new training centre at Fields Farm, Osgathorpe. If you live near here and are interested to learn more about volunteering opportunities in the area, please call our Midlands centre on 01530 224442.

  

Volunteering to provide overnight  'Bed & Breakfast'  accommodation for advanced dogs during training is very important to our work. This rewarding role follows on from the vital Volunteer Puppy Parents role, where dogs are now approximately 14 months old and entails having a dog all weekend and possibly from 5pm until 8.30am on weekdays.


The Canine Partners B&B programme has been set up because we believe it is conducive to our advanced dogs for their training to be continued while they are in a home environment on the evenings and weekends (for an average 20 weeks each). The dogs are house trained, can be left alone for short periods of time and are very well behaved. 

 

Can you help with overnight fostering during the week?
As well as weekend fostering we do have plenty of openings for people wishing to look after our dogs in the evenings. Although we have kennels on site, some dogs find it very beneficial to settle in a home during their training. If you live in the local vicinity of Heyshott or Osgathorpe and would be willing to pick up a dog each night between 4pm and 5pm and drop the dog back to us in the morning between 8.30 and 9.00 am, then please let us know. The dogs will not require walking in the evening, just their dinner and a comfy bed (all supplied by us).


B&B or weekend volunteer foster parents would ideally meet the following criteria:

 


We are currently in the process of upgrading our weekend fostering scheme and implementing changes to improve the system to benefit both the dogs and fosterers. The changes:

 

 

 

 

* There is some need for Foster Parents near the Puppy Training Satellites to cover holidays etc. Canine Partners will provide food, bedding and equipment for the dog and reasonable expenses (such as mileage), can be claimed back from the charity.

 

For further information and an application form, please call The Training Department on 08456 580 480 or contact us.

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Canine Partners’ Leicestershire Training Centre

Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email catharvey@caninepartners.org.uk

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us

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