Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited guide dog school providing greater independence, dignity, and new horizons of opportunity.
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Volunteer

The vast network of Guiding Eyes volunteers spans twelve states and includes more than 1,200 volunteers throughout the Northeast. Our volunteers are key to raising, training, and socializing guide dogs as well as supporting our operations in our Yorktown Heights and Patterson, NY locations.

Puppy Raising

Puppy RaisingRaising a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a real gift of love. A puppy is not born a guide dog, but created through the dedication and commitment of an entire team of individuals. Puppy Raisers provide a home, teach good social skills and house manners, attend training classes, coordinate care with Guiding Eyes veterinary staff and much more to raise a successful guide dog. Learn about Puppy Raising

Brood/Stud Foster

Brood Stud ProgramFoster volunteers provide a permanent home for a Guiding Eyes brood or stud dog, and their efforts are a critical element in the success of Guiding Eyes. The dogs in our breeding program represent the future generations of guide dogs for our organization, and we entrust their health, safety, and well-being to foster volunteers who are dedicated to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind mission. Learn about the Brood/Stud Foster Program

Volunteering in Our Kennels

doggie bathKennel Volunteers assist in providing care and enrichment for our puppies and a wide variety of adult dogs that are temporarily housed in our kennels.  Volunteers work alongside Guiding Eyes employees to ensure that our puppies and dogs live in a happy, healthy and stimulating environment. With over 200 dogs housed temporarily in our kennels, it is of the utmost importance that our facilities are hygienic and sanitary. Learn about Volunteering in Our Kennels

Home Socialization

Home SocializationHome Socializers bring two puppies, ages six to nine weeks old, to their home for two to five days, to provide socialization to new sights, sounds, and people. Home Socializers also continue and reinforce simple aspects of the pups’ training that was started at the Canine Development Center, including massage, leash walking, riding in cars, sitting for meals, crate time, name recognition, and other skills. Learn about the Home Socialization program

Early Training & Socialization

Early SocializationThe Early Training & Socialization Program is a crucial program that helps the puppies get the right start on the long path to becoming guide dogs. As guides, they will need to exhibit confidence, resilience, and a strong bond to the human half of the guide dog team. Volunteers in the Early Training & Socialization Program provide these much- needed stimuli in two separate stages, depending upon the age of the pups. Learn about the Early Training & Socialization program

In-House Volunteers

Rachel S and pupOur in-house volunteers work out of our Yorktown Heights or Patterson, New York locations and provide everything from administrative to video to kennel support and much more. Learn about our in-house volunteer opportunities in Yorktown or Patterson.

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