We want you to get to know the #PAWsome humans that make the work we do possible! Meet Breeding Dog Volunteer Sarah Hathaway!

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Sarah. I’m a Breeding Dog Volunteer from Bandon in Cork.

What’s the name of your Breeding Dog?

I have retired brood bitch, Sally and current brood bitch, Lulu.

How long have you been volunteering?

I first started volunteering with Irish Guide Dogs when Sally came to us 6 years ago and I loved it so much I decided to take Lulu.

Why did you decide to be a Breeding Volunteer?

I’d always had dogs but never had a litter of puppies. I started to look into ways of doing some charity work and while researching about Irish Guide Dogs and Puppy Raising, I came across the Breeding Dog Volunteer programme and this ticked both boxes!

What’s the best thing about being a Breeding Volunteer?

As a family we feel very privileged to be there for the start of a future Guide or Assistance Dog’s journey and to care for them for the first 7 weeks. It’s amazing to be there for the birth and lots of fun (and a bit of hard work!) caring for them until the next step of their journey. It’s so rewarding to see them qualifying nearly 2 years later and knowing we’ve played a part in getting them there. And although we have to say goodbye to the pups, their mum stays with us and is part of the family!