Can you provide a home for a hearing dog mum?
We are looking for amazing individuals to join our volunteering family by offering a lifetime home to a hearing dog mum and look after litters of puppies until they are 8 weeks of age.
Why foster a hearing dog mum?
What you will get:
- One of our gorgeous hearing dog mums (who you can rehome once they retire).
- The opportunity to raise litters of puppies.
- All food, bedding, toys and all necessary equipment will be provided.
- Meet like minded people and make new friendships.
- Help us to totally transform the lives of deaf people.
Could you look after a hearing dog mum?
You don't need to have any previous experience to apply for this role but we do have the following requirements:
- A loving home with a secure garden.
- Volunteers must live within 45 minutes of The Grange, Saunderton.
- Volunteers who can drive and have 24 hour access to a vehicle.
- We ask that are dogs are not left along for more than 3 hours at a time and when the litter arrives, they can only be left alone for short periods of time, therefore we cannot consider your application if you work full time.
- To allow the brood to give birth in your home, and care for the litter until they are 8 weeks of age.*
* We have a brilliant team who will support you every step of the way. You will be given all the training and guidance you need ready for your first litter of puppies, and your allocated supervisor will be there, day or night, to support you through the birth.
You can download our full role description here.
“It's magical when the puppies are born and then such fun watching as they grow and develop. The most rewarding part is seeing them again later when they have grown up and are ready to be trained as working hearing dogs.”
Breeding Scheme FAQs
What breeds do you use?
Hearing dogs use Labradors, Cocker Spaniels (Working & Show types), Miniature Poodles and the mixed breed Cockapoos. These breeds all have the traits needed to become perfect hearing dogs.
When will my brood have her first litter?
All broods must have had 1 season and be 14 months (smaller breeds) or 22 months (larger breeds) before breeding for the first time?
How many litters will she have?
Broods have no more than 4 litters in her lifetime and a rest season after each litter.
What happens after 4 litters?
Our broods are retired after 4 litters, usually around the age of 7. You will be offered the option to rehome her at this time.