Speak out and help dog charity

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A CHARITY is calling on animal lovers to help spread the word about its life-changing work providing doggy companions for disabled people.

Dogs for the Disabled, which recently opened a new North West office in Atherton, is looking for registered speakers and fund-raising volunteers to work behind the scenes supporting its work.

The charity trains dogs before creating partnerships between the assistance animals and people living with a variety of disabilities, including autism.

The dogs help disabled people in their everyday lives carrying out tasks such as opening and closing doors and even emptying washing machines, as well as helping owners get out and about by taking them for regular walks.

Registered speakers tour the community addressing local groups about Dogs for the Disabled’s work, and anyone coming forward to help will receive training and assistance finding suitable venues and audiences. The fund-raising volunteers, meanwhile, will bring in cash for the charity running events such as tin collections outside shops and manning stands at local shows.

The charity is entirely dependent on donations and requires around £12,000 to fund a dog from birth through its training programme and almost £20,000 to pay for an animal’s working life.

Volunteers will need to fill out and application form and agreement as well as find two references.

For more information, contact regional fund-raiser Rachel Hassey by ringing 01942 311003 or emailing rachel.hassey@dogsforthedisabled.org