THE Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has launched an appeal for volunteers to raise dogs.

The charity needs volunteer puppy walkers to care for and educate dogs from six weeks old.

At one year old, guide dogs leave their temporary owners and begin training at specialist centres around the country.

Guide Dogs for the Blind supplies basic equipment and covers all veterinary and feeding expenses.

To become a puppy-walker, volunteers will need to have access to a car, be at home most of the day, and be free to take their puppy into different environments. Their yard or garden will also need to be securely fenced so the puppy is always safe.

For more information, call (01642) 670170.