We believe in the enduring power of a partnership between person and dog. Over 1,400 dedicated volunteers help us bring this partnership to life.

Volunteers are a vital part of the Guiding Eyes family. From raising, training, and socializing potential guide dogs to supporting our day to day operations, there is a variety of ways you too, can become involved in this life changing mission.

Brood/Stud Fosters

We have an immediate need for Brood/Stud Fosters.   Potential candidates must live within 1 to 1 ½ hours of the Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY.  Our greatest immediate need is for fosters of male stud dogs. For more information please visit our Brood/Stud Program pages or contact the Maria Lazzaro at mlazzaro@guidingeyes.org(Jan 2018)

Drivers and Videographers

We are currently in need of volunteer drivers and videographers. For more information on those positions, please follow this link to Campus Volunteers. (posted 6/21/17)

Seasonal Volunteers Needed

Volunteers will assist with weeding, trimming, raking, clearing paths, vent cleaning and any seasonal indoor or outdoor maintenance that is required for continuing upkeep of the grounds and buildings of the Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY and Training School in Yorktown Heights, NY. As the seasons change, the responsibilities will change to accommodate the needs of the facilities. Contact Ellen at emitchell@guidingeyes.org for more information. (posted 5/22/17)

Campus Volunteers

From providing kennel assistance to working in our offices, the support of our team of dedicated volunteers, is critical to completing our mission to provide quality guide dogs. (Opportunities available at our Patterson, NY and Yorktown Heights, NY facilities.)

Puppy Raising

Raising a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a gift of love.

Puppy raisers provide a home, teach good social skills and house manners, attend training classes, and coordinate care with Guiding Eyes veterinary staff to help raise a successful guide dog.

Foster a Brood/Stud

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.

Foster volunteers provide a permanent home for a Guiding Eyes brood or stud dog.

Home Litter Care

Hosting a mom and litter of future guide dog puppies can be a joyful and fulfilling role.

For up to 5 weeks, our hosts provide a safe home environment along with lots of love, gentle massage, and progressive socialization for the puppies.

Early Training & Socialization

The Early Training & Socialization Program helps our puppies develop confidence, resilience, and the ability to form strong bonds with people – all vital skills as they become guide dogs.

Home Socialization

Home socializers bring two puppies to their home for 3 to 5 days, to help them become accustomed to new sights, sounds, and people.

Please note: Some of our volunteers are eligible to claim an income tax deduction. For more information, please consult your tax professional.