Brood Bitch Holder

To provide a home for a brood bitch on behalf of Guide Dogs, to take responsibility for her and provide support when she is giving birth.

The time devoted to the role changes and it requires more time when the bitch is giving birth.

  • To provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment within a reasonable distance from the National Breeding Centre
  • To feed and care for the bitch as directed and with advice from Guide Dogs
  • To provide support to the bitch when she's giving birth in your home
  • To ensure if and when appropriate that the dog receives emergency veterinary care as soon as possible, and that Guide Dogs are informed at the earliest opportunity
  • All non emergency health issues should be reported to the Dog Care & Welfare Team at the National Breeding Centre
  • At home and at the National Breeding Centre, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire
  • Good communication skills
  • Dog handling experience preferred but not essential
  • Clean driving licence is desirable and access to a car you are insured to drive
  • Regular and ongoing support from Guide Dogs
  • Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
  • An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available locally
  • Opportunity to attend dog training classes
  • Equipment from the Guide Dogs list needed to rear a litter
  • Fixed contribution to heating costs of the heat lamp for the litter
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance
  • Enabling Guide Dogs to continue its work with blind and partially-sighted people
  • A dog to look after in your own home
  • An opportunity to meet other volunteer stock holders
  • Not for this volunteer role

  • 18 years