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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New York

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Capital (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy raising classes and Pre-Placement Puppy Classes designed to prepare you for raising a puppy to become someone’s Guiding Eyes are held on the Tuesday evenings at the Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church , 2131 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY.  For more information on class times or raising a puppy in the Capital region please contact the regional leader listed below.
Name Title Phone Email
Barbara Paquette Region Coordinator Email Preferred dutchbucky@aol.com

Cattaraugus (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy raising classes held every 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Pioneer Middle school in Yorkshire, NY from 7-8:30pm. Meet volunteers from the Cattaraugus Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Joyce Sampson Region Coordinator (585) 322-2254 sampsons85@yahoo.com
Dawn Fiegl Region Coordinator (585) 322-4149 dogkeeper17@aol.com

Central New York (NY)…

Additional Information: Classes are held on alternating Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Please contact one of the Region Coordinators listed below for a schedule of classes.  Most classes held in the immediate Syracuse area.
Name Title Phone Email
Mekalea Chambliss Co-Region Coordinator (607)-281-5474 unsealingdaisy1@yahoo.com
Mary Oonk Co-Region Coordinator (315)-447-5718  tmoonk63@aol.com

Dutchess (NY)…

Additional Information: Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at the Canine Development Center or at a nearby location. Please contact your Region Coordinator for class time and location. Meet volunteers from the Dutchess Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Janet Sommerville Region Coordinator (845) 230-6422 jsommerville@guidingeyes.org

Erie (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy Raising Classes held the first & third Mondays of each month at East High School in West Seneca, NY from 5 to 7 PM. (when school is in session)We hold meetings, Puppy Pre-Placement classes and followups in many other locations throughout the community. Other class locations may be Hamburg, West Seneca or wherever space is granted throughout the community. Please contact your Region Coordinator for additional information.Website: www.guidingeyes-erie.org. Shop for embroidered apparel and promotional products. All sales proceeds support the GEB Puppy Raising Program. Meet volunteers from the Erie Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Mary Ellen Pratt Region Coordinator (716) 947-5135 pups4geb@gmail.com

Fingerlakes (NY)…

Additional Information: Foundations Classes held every Monday evening at the Cornell Veterinary School Atrium, Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY.  Older dog classes held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 114 Burleigh Drive, Ithaca, NY.  Please contact the Region Coordinator for class times.
Name Title Phone Email
Cassie Houghton Region Coordinator (607) 846-8010 houghton.cass@gmail.com

Leatherstocking (NY)…

Additional Information: Classes held every Thursday evening at the St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main Street, Oneonta, NY, with parking behind the church off Elm Street. Please contact the Regional Manager for class times.
Name Title Phone Email
Joy Hawksby Regional Manager (866) GEBLABS X6525 jhawksby@guidingeyes.org

Lower Westchester (NY)…    NEW – FALL 2014!

Additional Information: The Lower Westchester region is coming to the Village of Scarsdale! Classes will be held at the Teen Center on Scarsdale Ave. on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. The first in the series of Orientation classes, designed to prepare you for raising a puppy, begins Oct 28th. Join this fun interactive volunteer opportunity and raise a Guiding Eyes puppy that will enable a visually impaired person or a family of a child with Autism achieve life’s dreams. Please contact Kate Schroer-Shepord, Regional Manager, to find out more or to RSVP to attend these fun informative classes.
Name Title Phone Email
Kate Schroer-Shepord Regional Manager (866) GEBLABS X6436 kschroer@guidingeyes.org

Monroe (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy classes meet twice monthly, on Monday evenings. Locations and times vary; please contact your Region Coordinator for specific details. Meet volunteers from the Monroe Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Pam Boy Region Coordinator (585) 385-9617 BoyFamily@frontiernet.net
Cindy Chait Region Coordinator (585) 594-9808 sbchait@frontiernet.net

Northern NY…

Additional Information: Puppy raising classes held twice monthly on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at the United Methodist Christ Church in Glens Falls. Please call for additional information and to reserve your place in these fun and informative classes! Do something extraordinary, raise a future guide dog! Meet volunteers from the Northern New York Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Cheryl Lawyer Region Coordinator (518) 312-6862 cflawyer@nycap.rr.com

Orange County (NY)…

Additional Information: Classes are held on Thursday nights at Warwick Senior Center (behind the local police station) in Warwick, NY. Pre-placement clases occur quarterly. Call or email Nicole for more information and to sign up to attend these fun informative sessions about raising a puppy with a purpose.
Name Title Phone Email
Nicole Guite Regional Manager (845) 230-6406 nguite@guidingeyes.org

Southern Tier (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy raising classes held every other week in Hornell, NY. Meet volunteers from the Southern Tier Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Sandy Shaw Region Coordinator (585) 335-2628 sndyshaw@frontier.com 
Shawn Carstens Ass’t  Region Coordinator Email Preferred scarstens@stny.rr.com
Elizabeth Williams Ass’t Region Coordinator Email Preferred coolgray5@gmail.com
 

Sullivan County (NY)…              OPENING WINTER 2014!

Additional Information: Pre-placement classes designed to prepare you for raising a puppy to become someone’s Guiding Eyes will begin in December 2014. Please contact Nicole Guite, Regional Manager, for additional information and to reserve your place in these fun and informative classes! Do something extraordinary – raise a future guide dog!
Name Title Phone Email
Nicole Guite Regional Manager (845) 230-6406 nguite@guidingeyes.org

Westchester (NY)…

Additional Information: Puppy Raising Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at locations alternating between the Bedford Hills Community Center and the Guiding Eyes training school in Yorktown Heights. Pre-placement classes, designed to prepare you for raising a puppy to become someone’s Guiding Eyes, are held at our Canine Development Center in Patterson. Please contact Nicole Guite, our Regional Manager, to find out more or to RSVP to attend these fun informative classes. Meet volunteers from the Westchester Region on Facebook.
Name Title Phone Email
Nicole Guite Regional Manager (845) 230-6406 nguite@guidingeyes.org