AN appeal has been launched to find volunteers to board trainee guide dogs.

Charity Guide Dogs, which has a base at the North West Regional Centre on Gibfield Park in Atherton, is asking for volunteers.

Boarders must be willing to have the trainee guide dog in their home and follow guidelines from the dog’s trainer.

They also need to be willing to drop the dog off at the centre in the morning between 7am and 9am and collect the dog again early evening.

Janet Harper from Guide Dogs said: “ It’s very rewarding to be involved in the upbringing and care of a guide dog, which will one day provide freedom and independence to a blind or partially-sighted person.”

The charity supplies basic equipment, the dogs food and covers all vet costs.

Training is given in handling skills, basic first aid and the general care and welfare of the dog. Consistent support is available from a friendly team of specialist Guide Dogs staff.

The need for accommodation and care for dogs is needed full time throughout the dogs training which is up to 26 weeks.

Boarders are required to keep the dogs overnight following a working day throughout the week, and at weekends.

For more information on becoming a boarder contact Janet Harper at Guide Dogs on 07780 958873 or email