A young dog has finished training to become a permanent helper for disabled people thanks to generous donations.
Chocolate labrador Utah, pictured right, is now ready to become an assistance dog for the Canine Partners charity.
Utah was adopted by the charity’s Rutland and Lincolnshire support group in 2013.
The group raised £12,000 to take him from a puppy to a fully-fledged assistance dog, and he will soon be sent to help someone with physical disabilities with everyday jobs.
These can include helping them getting dressed, loading and unloading washing machines, and opening and closing doors.
Denise Taylor, who led the fundraising, said: “After he has been with his partner for a while, and the charity is happy that all is progressing well following visits from his aftercare assistant, he will then ‘graduate’ as a fully-trained and qualified Canine Partner.
“As his sponsors, we are hoping to be invited to the training centre for his final graduation ceremony at some future date.”
Utah made several appearances at county events, including Rutland Day, during his training. Denise thanked all the Rutland residents who gave so generously during the campaign to fund Utah’s training.
The support group will carry on raising funds this year, and has a new puppy to support. Rusty will be put through the same training as Utah and will eventually become an assistance dog as well.
Rusty’s first two stages of training will cost £10,000. The support group has already handed over £5,000 to get things started.
To invite Rusty and the Rutland and Lincolnshire Support Group to your event, call Denise on 01572 767515.