The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services. Through this provision our aims are to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for our clients.
Initially Hounds for Heroes intends to raise £100,000 for the Puppies on Parade Appeal, which intends to buy 5 Labradors and look after them for 5 years. These dogs will be carefully selected for all the qualities needed to produce excellent assistance dogs. The charity will carefully select puppy parents to start the essential part of their training. After around 15 months the specialist training will start, with a combination of puppy parents and the new owner. All the time the puppies will be meeting on a weekly basis to carry out socialisation and specialist training. When the dogs are fully trained the ownership will be fully transferred to the new owner.
The Puppies on Parade appeal updates everytime we make £100,000 to pay for a squadron of puppies. There are currently 2 squadrons of puppies in training and we are now on the Puppies on Parade Appeal 3, which looks to raise £100,000 for our third squadron due in Autumn 2012. We have grown very quickly and since we were established in early 2010 and have raised the money to pay for the first 2 squadrons of dogs and the training base in Petersfield, Hampshire. If everything goes well the first fully trained dogs should be matched with their disabled owners by Christmas 2012. If you wish to help then may be you could do a fund raising event or get your company to adopt Hounds for Heroes as their chosen charity.