Dogs for Good is desperate to hear from anyone with information about an assistance dog that went missing in the Elland Bridge and Brighouse area of West Yorkshire on Wednesday evening.

Velvet, a 7 year old female black Labrador, is partnered with a 15 year old girl, Lottie Wilcocks, who lives locally.  Velvet has been specially trained as an assistance dog by charity Dogs for Good to help Lottie, who has spina bifada and is a talented wheelchair athlete and aspiring Paralympian. Lottie and Velvet have an incredibly special bond and Velvet means the world to the whole family. In 2014, the pair reached the finals of the Crufts Friends for Life competition which celebrates dogs that make a life-changing difference.

A campaign to #FindVelvet has been launched by Dogs for Good on social media urging people to share Velvet’s image far and wide and try to get her home to Lottie. The assistance dog went missing on Wednesday evening when Velvet was out enjoying an evening walk by the canal between Elland Bridge and Brighouse. Family and friends have searched continuously since she went missing and are desperate to reunite Velvet with Lottie.

Staff at Dogs for Good are supporting Lottie and her family in the search to find Velvet, they urge anyone with information to call Dogs for Good’s switchboard on 01295 252600.