Amazing assistance dog charity close to finishing ‘centre of excellence’ in Osgathorpe

OSGATHORPE based national charity, Canine Partners, is in the final stages of developing the first centre in the midlands for training assistance dogs.

The charity, which trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities across the UK, is working hard to complete a brand new kennel block, which could help the charity to train and partner three times as many dogs.

“The end is in sight to complete the new kennel building, which will house up to 40 dogs in training and will also include a veterinary room, kitchen and outdoor runs, giving us space to allow our dogs to rest between training sessions,” says Richard Smith, Director of Operations at Canine Partners.

“We are the only charity in the UK with a Midlands Training Centre providing assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities and the new kennels will enable even more life-changing partnerships to be formed.”

Canine Partners trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.

The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency.

“We are proud to be building this centre of excellence so that we can provide even more specialist training here in the Midlands. It will give the opportunity for more local people to apply for a canine partner where in the West Midlands alone, there are more than 13,000 people registered as disabled,” says Richard.

“By supporting and donating to our ‘Raise the Woof’ kennel appeal, you are helping us to move our amazing dogs in to their new kennels in the Spring of 2020 so that we can transform more lives for years to come.”

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