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21 February 2010, 06:00
Staff at the Wood Green Animal Shelter near Godmanchester have launched an appeal for 'doggy midwives'.
They take in a large number of pregnant animals throughout the year and a home environment is needed to help them whelp and then care for their puppies once they are born until they are six-seven weeks old.
Previously any mums to be were cared for by a couple who worked there, but they have recently moved away from the area, which means they are desperately looking for new ‘doggy midwives’.
Sue Ketland, from Wood Green Animal Shelter said, "We already have two pregnant bitches at the Shelters and we are really struggling to find volunteers who can give up their time to help care for them. We would ideally like a number of volunteers to enable us to develop a strong team of people who can help when needed.
"It is important for new puppies to be brought up in a home environment to help with their emotional development. They need to experience different sounds, textures and people very early on. Once they have reached six or seven weeks of age they will be ready to come back into the Shelter to find their brand new forever home."
For further information about becoming part of the mum’s to be foster scheme please contact Sue Ketland on 0844 248 8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org