People have been urged to support this adorable chap in his training to help transform the life of a person with physical disabilities.
Chocolate labrador Utah, who is a six-month-old puppy, has been adopted by the newly formed Rutland Support Group of the charity Canine Partners.
The group is now calling for people to host fundraising events to help fund its training to became a Canine Partner assistance dog, which will enable it in the future to help someone with physical disabilities with everyday jobs. Jobs can include helping them getting dressed, loading and unloading washing machines, and opening and closing doors.
The dog currently resides with its puppy parents, who are responsible for its first year of training. The group needs to raise £4,350 for it to complete its first phase of training.
Denise Taylor, who is in charge of fundraising for the group, said: “We really need the help of our local community to get Utah through this stage of his training.
“We hope that people will support him by holding fundraising events locally. Everyone can get involved and we also hope that we will be supported by the local business community either by employees carrying out fundraising activities or by providing goods or services to help us to raise further funds.”
Utah is making his first public appearance at Rutland Day tomorrow.
To help Utah and register a fundraising event, visit www.ttfundraising.org.uk/wp, or call Denise on 01572 767515.
For more about Canine Partners, visit www.ttfundraising.org.uk/wp.