HUDDERSFIELD dog lovers are being urged to help Guide Dogs for the Blind by becoming `puppy walkers'.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity wants volunteers to home, care for and educate the puppies for about a year from six weeks of age.
The volunteers will have to prepare the puppies for specialised guide dog training.
This involves teaching them basic obedience and getting them used to a home environment, the noise and bustle of towns and public transport.
Shirley Cohen, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: "If we don't have puppy walkers, we don't have guide dogs.
"Puppy walking is challenging and it is a commitment. But our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile."
Guide Dogs for the Blind supplies basic equipment and covers all vets' and feeding expenses for the puppy.
To become a puppy walker, volunteers need to have access to a car and have to be home for most of the day.
They also need a securely fenced yard or garden.
For more information on becoming a puppy walker, phone Shirley Cohen on 0113 2844 224 or 07990 540 228.