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Date: 22/01/2018

A litter of seven puppies from Worcestershire will have little time to “paws”, as they’re about to be trained as guide dogs.

The puppies are being sent on their way with a £500 donation from Malvern firm Melton Support Services, where their mother’s owner Alex Willetts works as a supervisor.
Alex’s German Shepherd Yara is a breeding bitch for Guide Dogs for the Blind, who will now train the puppies which will provide life-changing support for blind and partially sighted people.
Melton Support Services, which provides facilities management services to businesses across the medical and education sectors, has made the donation to help the charities work as well as offering support to Alex during the latter stages of Yara’s pregnancy – granting her special “pupternity leave”.
Melanie Baker, managing director of Melton Support Services, said: “Alex, Yara and their family have done an amazing thing that changes the lives of blind and partially sighted people in a fundamental way.
“We are a recognised Disability Confident employer and wanted to make it as easy as possible for Alex and Yara to bring these gorgeous puppies into the world. With a donation as well, we hope to further support the work of Guide Dogs.” 
Alex has been volunteering with Guide Dogs since August 2016 and this is the first litter of puppies her family has cared for. She received training from the National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa, which also provides 24-hour support.
The puppies will hopefully be working guide dogs by the time they are two years old. They are German Shepherd and Golden Retriever cross breeds and won’t be named until they have been assessed at the National Breeding Centre at between six and seven weeks old.
Guide Dogs for the Blind are looking for homes in the Midlands for its Guide Dog mums. For more information visit or for an application form, apply online at