For a long lasting Valentine’s gift why not consider the Adopt a Puppy scheme from Canine Partners, supported by Purina PetCare, costing just £1 a week. Canine Partners is a charity that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Your gift recipient receives an introduction letter, adoption certificate, glossy photos and a soft toy puppy. They will also get a pupdate every few months with photos and news on how the puppy is doing.
Once the trained puppies graduate as canine partners, they will go on to assist people with disabilities in a huge range of everyday tasks able-bodied people take for granted. This can include picking up dropped items, opening doors, taking washing from the machine, operating pedestrian crossings and much more.
The cost of training a canine partner is over £10,000, so your gift goes towards the ongoing costs such as feeding, training and vets’ bills. Claire Graham was partnered with Ulli in 2005 and hasn’t looked back – “Ulli and I are a team. We have a passion for life and we trust each other every step of the way. He has taken me to infinity and beyond in five years and I’m looking forward to what the next five have to hold!”