Puppy Sponsorship FAQs
How long does puppy sponsorship last?
It can take from 18 – 24 months for a puppy to complete its training and qualify as a fully trained assistance dog. However sometimes it takes a little less or even a bit longer, dependent upon the individual dog.
You will follow your puppy’s journey from their socialisers home, to their early puppy training and advanced training with a final pupdate once they have completed their training.
The good news is that it doesn’t end there! We will write to you once your sponsorship is completed to see if you would like to sponsor another puppy and follow their journey.
Am I the only person sponsoring the puppy?
It costs £29,000 to train a medical alert assistance dog. This covers the first two years – from birth to accreditation. After that, it costs £1,000 per year to support the working partnership.
We wouldn’t expect you to fund the total cost by yourself so by sponsoring a puppy each month it gives you and other people the opportunity to fund a puppy’s training as well as further areas of our vital work.
It’s a bit like the puppy having an extended family.
Will my money go to the puppy I sponsored?
Your donations will not go directly to the sponsor puppy but will be used by Medical Detection Dogs wherever the need is greatest.
Your donation will make a big difference and is very gratefully received. We receive no government funding and so rely on donations to continue our life-changing work.
Can I meet my sponsored puppy?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to meet your puppy. It is very important the puppy’s concentrate fully on their training with minimal distractions.
However, you’ll receive regular pupdates which will give you a fantastic insight into how your puppy is growing and all the different things they are getting up to.
How can I sponsor a puppy?
Do all puppies complete their training?
It takes a very special dog to learn all the skills required to be an assistance dog, and we hope your puppy will make it through the training. However, it’s perfectly natural for some dogs not to meet our high standards. We take the decision to withdraw a dog from training very seriously as we must keep the welfare and safety of our clients and the dogs, we train at the heart of everything we do.
If your puppy isn’t suitable to complete its training it will be rehomed with a loving family and we will write to you to let you know what they have ended up going on to do, and with details of another puppy that you can follow.
Can I name a Medical Detection Dog Puppy?
Yes. If you make a donation or raise (with your friends and family) £4,000 or more, you can give one of our Medical Detection Dog puppies a name. Please call 01296 655888 for further information or visit our Name a Puppy pages.