A litter of seven puppies from Worcestershire are about to be trained as guide dogs. The puppies are being sent on their way with a £500 donation from Malvern firm Melton Support Services, where their mother’s owner, Alex Willetts, works as a supervisor.
Willetts’s German Shepherd Yara is a breeding bitch for Guide Dogs for the Blind, who will now train the puppies which will provide life-changing support for blind and partially sighted people.
Melanie Baker, managing director of Melton Support Services, said: “Alex, Yara and their family have done an amazing thing that changes the lives of blind and partially sighted people in a fundamental way. We are a recognised ‘disability confident’ employer and wanted to make it as easy as possible for Alex and Yara to bring these gorgeous puppies into the world. With a donation as well, we hope to further support the work of Guide Dogs.”
Alex Willetts has been volunteering with Guide Dogs since August 2016 and this is the first litter of puppies her family has cared for. She received training from the National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa, which also provides 24-hour support. The puppies will hopefully be working guide dogs by the time they are two years old.