Looking for puppy love

Helen Stathy (centre) with puppy raisers Jenn Levy and Frankie, and Lindy Ettridge and Luka. d419890
Helen Stathy (centre) with puppy raisers Jenn Levy and Frankie, and Lindy Ettridge and Luka. d419890

Assistance Dogs Australia is seeking residents to raise puppies that then go to people in need.

The national charity raises, trains and places dogs with people with physical disabilities free of charge.

Western region co-ordinator Helen Stathy said puppies would be with a raiser from the age of 8-12 weeks up until they were about 16 months old.

‘Depending on their progress and maturity, they then move to advanced training with professional assistance dog trainers until they are about two years old,’ Ms Stathy said.

‘They are then matched with a client to best suit that person’s needs and lifestyle.’

To become a puppy raiser, applicants fill out a form, go through an interview process and have their home and back yard checked to make sure it is suitable for a dog.

Once approved, applicants attend a training workshop for Assistance Dogs. All expenses ” food, veterinary costs and training equipment ” are paid for.

For more information, call 1800 688 364 or Helen on 0432 000 163.

The application form can be found at assistancedogs.|org.au.