CHARITY Guide Dogs are appealing for Barnsley dog lovers to volunteer to raise their ‘life-changing’ puppies.

The charity are looking for ‘puppy raisers’ to look after guide dog puppies going through their first 12 to 16 months of training.

Volunteers are particularly being sought in the central area of town - Birdwell, Stairfoot and Worsbrough.

The role includes caring for and being responsible for a puppy at home for this time, teaching them basic commands, familiarising them with many different environments, and attending monthly puppy classes.

Linda Conway, volunteering coordinator at Guide Dogs, said: “Being a puppy raiser is such a rewarding role and you really will be making a huge impact in getting our dogs well on their way to becoming life-changers.

“It can be a challenge but it’s also lots of fun and just like Lisa, many of our puppy raiser volunteers go on to look after several puppies as they love it so much.

“You’ll get the reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home, and the satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable people with sight loss to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

“Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated Guide Dogs volunteer manager who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.”