Hearing Dogs in Peterborough

11 June 2010, 07:20

A new centre in Peterborough which trains-up hearing dogs for the deaf, say a week into their operations, they have found 6 deaf people ready to receive their helpful canines.

A new centre in Peterborough which trains-up hearing dogs for the deaf, say a week into their operations, they have found 6 deaf people ready to receive their helpful canines.

But the charity, based in Thorney, say they can't supply them with the animals they need as soon as they would want.

Jill Yates from the charity, told heart, "we need about 25 volunteers to acclimatise the dogs. I've met lots of the puppies and they're absolutely gorgeous - all shapes and sizes. We get our puppies donated to us, we get them from rescue centres and we have some that are bred specifically for the charity. However, we need people who are dedicated to helping the young dogs become accustomed to sights, smells and noises of not only being indoors, but out in the streets and in the town and city centres".

Richard Howitt, Peterborough's European Member of Parliament, will today join the charity in Cathedral Square today supporting Hearing Dogs.

Mr Howitt says he is fully behind the Hearing Dogs organisation - and is pressing Brussels to bring the rest of Europe up to speed - with the similar accessibility laws people who need hearing or guide dogs have in the UK.

 

To find out more about volunteering or fundraising call Gill Yates on 01353 665 396 or email  gill.yates@hearingdogs.org.uk

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