Fostering a Guiding Eyes Brood or Stud

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Guiding Eyes dog Jean with her volunteer brood fostersVolunteer brood and stud fosters provide homes for the extraordinary dogs in our breeding colony.  These special dogs are responsible for creating future generations of exceptional Guiding Eyes dogs.

Jeanne and Jack Hofmann live in Carmel, NY and are volunteer fosters for German shepherd brood, Jade.  Jade has had two litters, and the Hofmann’s many “grandpuppies” are making them proud.  One has become a stud, two are working as guides, and others are in various stages of training.

Jeanne Hofmann shares, “I can speak very highly about the fostering experience.   Guiding Eyes finds the perfect dog to compliment each individual or family that fosters.   Jade is a wonderful animal and gives unconditional love to all of us; she really brings great happiness to our lives.  It has been a rewarding experience having her in our home and part of our family, and we love knowing she is producing puppies that will help people.”

The Baumeister family lives in Yorktown and fosters stud dog Jared.  Judie Baumeister tells us, “I have always been a dog lover and grew up having a dog.  We have two small boys and felt it was a great way to teach them about service.  Our whole family is involved with stud dog Jared’s care, and he is a best friend to my six-year-old.  He is so well behaved that my parents even let him go to their house when they babysit!  I have definitely lost weight walking our daily three miles, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Guiding Eyes stud dog Jared with best buddy Bubba BaumeisterOther fosters share similar feelings about their involvement in the program:

“I love knowing I’m helping to produce future guide dogs – while getting unconditional love from the best behaved dog ever!” – Sharon Beck Warman

“Stud dog Cosmo has been the best addition to our family!  Not only does he love us unconditionally – we love him back.  He has taught my children about having responsibilities and giving back to others.  Plus – we have made many new friends through the Guiding Eyes community.” – Dana Barti

“I love having a hand in giving “wings” to so many blind individuals.  I honestly can’t see why everyone doesn’t foster!” – Jamie Abell Stewart

“When I made the decision to foster, I felt that it was a wonderful way to give back.  What I didn’t expect was what I received in return.  I’ve found amazing friendships and I’ve loved watching the puppies grow and graduate.  Above all, I found a part of my life I didn’t realize I was missing – my doggie soul mate!” – Wendy Rettig

“My brood has had 4 litters and I have gotten to spend time with all those puppies. It is so gratifying to know that one day they will grow up and be able to help someone. I am planning on fostering a second dog because I love doing this!” – Barbara Raineri

“Best part about being a foster? Seeing your ‘kids’ kids’ graduate or becoming broods or studs. Your chest puffs out and you say, ‘YEAH! THAT’S MY KIDS’ KID!’” – Vicki Shaw

“Halsa is the sweetest, smartest, most amazing dog!  When I became her foster, my desire was to provide a valuable community service.  Little did I realize how much my life would be enriched when her puppies were born and when Guiding Eyes volunteers and employees became a part of our family!” – Bette Lee Foley-Flynn

“Fostering Gia was a blessing for our family.  The boys knew they were giving back to the community and they were very proud of that. Gia was such a great dog from the moment we brought her home; it was so nice that she was so well trained.”  – Lynne Covill

We’re always looking for additional volunteers for our foster program.  Interested in learning more?  Visit our website – – or contact program manager Tracy Panos at