Care for puppies in Bristol

Do you live in the Bristol area and could you commit to caring for a puppy in your home for 14 – 18 months?

We need loving homes for our special puppies in training. Our volunteer socialisers ensure that our pups have the best start on their journey to become life-changing dogs.

Meet us to find out more

If you could care for our puppies in Bristol, then come along and meet us to find out more. Talk to Puppy Coordinator Alice and some of our socialisers and puppies about this rewarding volunteer role:

“When we hear first-hand from the new owner how and why the dog has transformed their life, it fills us with great happiness. We say to each other ‘we helped to make that difference’.”

- Sue & Mike, Puppy Socialisers

18 October – Castle Court Sainsbury’s, 11am – 3pm
19 October – Imperial Park Pets At Home, 1pm – 4pm


Although no experience is necessary, puppy socialisers are required to meet the following criteria:

  • You live in or near Bristol
  • You have a fully-fenced safe and secure garden
  • You are away from the puppy for no more than two hours (in the first few weeks) and four hours (for the remaining time you have the puppy) per day
  • You have no more than two existing pet dogs
  • You drive or have access to someone at all times who can drive you and the puppy
  • You are able to, with the support of our puppy department train the puppy in the basics, i.e. house training, general obedience and walking on the lead
  • You are able to spend some time every day on activities to socialise the puppy.  Environments that need to be covered at some time include train stations, buses, shops and crowded and rural areas
  • You are able to attend monthly puppy classes and allow home visits from a member of our puppy training team
  • You are able to provide the puppy with regular contact with children, other dogs and cats.

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