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  • Megan Wood

Become a puppy socialiser with Support Dogs

Could you provide a loving home for a support dog puppy? If you love dogs and want a new challenge that will benefit people living with autism, epilepsy, and physical disabilities, head over to Chapeltown Library on Monday 11th March to find out how you can help to nurture a life-changing dog.

Sheffield-based charity, Support Dogs, is holding a ‘puppy socialiser’ information session at the library on Nether Ley Avenue in Sheffield which will run from 11am and provides the opportunity for anyone interested in being a volunteer puppy socialiser to find out what this important role involves. Potential volunteers and those interested will have to chance to speak to current puppy socialisers; so, if you’re interested why not pop along and ask any questions you may have.


Support Dogs is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with challenging medical conditions by providing, training, and supporting specialist assistance dogs. Their mission is to improve the independence and quality of life of these people, and to ensure no adult or child risks avoidable injury or death due to an accident caused by their condition. Their dogs are the beating heart of their mission, and as a small charity, they rely on the support of their volunteers to make their life-changing work possible, with the role of ‘puppy socialiser’ being extremely important to the puppies during their training process.


Support Dogs advise that volunteers are required to be at home for the majority of the day and have a secure garden, as they will be responsible for providing a loving home for puppies aged eight weeks old for 12 to 18 months. Throughout the training process all their dogs and pups stay overnight in the homes of volunteers, and the charity are currently looking for people who can look after the young puppies both full-time and just to provide holiday cover when full-time volunteers need a break, with full support provided by Support Dogs’ puppy coordinators.


If becoming a ‘puppy socialiser’ sounds like something you could do, or if you’re interested in finding out more, visit to book a place at the session.


If you can’t attend this upcoming session at Chapeltown Library, Support Dogs hold regular information sessions at various locations, so keep checking their website. You can also email or call 0114 261 7800 for more information.


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