Brood Stud Program
Foster 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. To be a foster volunteer, you must:
- Live within 1 1/2 hour (broods) or 1 hour (studs) travel time of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center (CDC) in Patterson, NY
- Provide a safe and loving home environment, keeping the dog on leash when outdoors, with daily exercise (minimum of walking/running 3 miles per day)
- Transport the breed dog to Guiding Eyes for the Blind for reproduction and healthcare-related visits and quarterly assessments
- Receive training in dog handling, care, and obedience from Guiding Eyes for the Blind staff
Of all the Guiding Eyes dogs raised to be guides, only the very best dogs will be selected and bred to produce subsequent generations of guide dogs.
- Prior to placement with a foster volunteer, a brood or stud has been raised by a volunteer puppy raiser for the purpose of becoming a guide dog.
- The breeding colony consists mostly of Labrador Retrievers, with a few Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. Because these dogs will produce the future generations of guide dogs, it is critical that our foster families are dedicated to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind mission and can maintain our standards of health and safety.
- When placed in a foster home, most dogs are between the ages of 16 to 20 months old.
- The dogs are housebroken and have had basic obedience training. They have not been trained as guide dogs.
- Breeding dogs are owned by Guiding Eyes for the Blind until they retire.