Surrey Police and Sussex Police are hunting for members of the public to foster their adorable trainee police dogs – and they’ll pay for most of it.
The force has opened applications to find families that’ll be able to look after their four-legged pups until they’re ready to become fully-fledged crime fighters.
And when they look this cute, how can you say no? Especially when food, equipment, training and veterinary care will all be paid for.
The joint police dog unit is made up of German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Spaniels and Labradors, all trained for multiple purposes including detecting drugs, weapons and explosives, searching for missing or wanted people, and assisting in public order incidents such as crowd control.
Should you be chosen to look after one, you’ll get the dog while its in its infancy before it heads off to live with its potential police handler.
In a statement appealing for applicants, the dog unit tells the story of eight-month old police pup Quest, a Fox Red Labrador who has recently left his foster family and been recruited into training school alongside his brother Quaver.
Kennel Master Emma Coles said: “Quest has been with his allocated foster family since he was eight weeks. They have done an amazing job at raising such a fun-loving, social and happy dog.
“Quest loves life, he enjoys nothing more than nice walks, lots of love, toys, play and more play. He is now ready to develop his training further and is stepping up his police dog career along to the next level.
“Last week he said a sad farewell to his loving foster family and he has now gone to live at home with his potential new handler.”
Police puppy foster carers FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions, provided by the police dog unit:
How long will we have the puppy? This can vary, but in general from eight weeks up until 8-12 months old.
Do we need experience? No, we have a variety of foster families in our team ranging from a lifetime of experience with working dogs to no experience at all.
Can the puppy be housed with children? Yes, we want our puppies socialised with children of all ages.
Can the puppy be housed with other dogs? Yes, if the other dogs are over 12 months of age and of sound temperament.
Can the puppy be housed with other animals? Yes, we encourage socialisation of our puppies with other animals. We will always provide guidance on how to correctly introduce your new puppy to the family and other animals.
Do police provide any funding for the puppies? We will cover the costs of food, equipment, training and veterinary care.
It won’t be a final goodbye though, as the foster family will be updated on Quest’s progress and invited in to come and watch his skills in action.
The criteria for becoming a puppy carer is as follows. Each person must:
- Be over 18-years-old
- Attend puppy training classes as often as required
- Drive or have access to a car on a daily basis
- Have no more than four leaving hours per day
- Have their own secure garden
- Have time to devote
Most importantly, you’ll need to be very patient! And love puppy cuddles, obviously.
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