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Name a Puppy

Special naming a future guide dog puppy is a unique way to pay tribute to a member of your family, a dear friend or to commemorate a special occasion, while making a difference in the lives of people with vision loss by supporting Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Special name a puppy with your contribution of $5,000.

By special naming a puppy, you and/or a loved one will receive:

  • A Personalized Naming Certificate and photo of your special named pup
  • Three updates and photos of your pup during the puppy raising period
  • Notification of acceptance into formal guide dog training program and an update during training

And if the puppy completes the program, we will provide:

  • Announcement of placement with a person with vision loss
  • Invitation to the graduation ceremony, if applicable
  • A graduation photograph of your dog, a copy of the program, and recognition in Graduation slide show

The guidelines for naming a Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy are:

  • Names that are easy to say and not too long
  • Inappropriate names such as “Killer” will not be approved as our graduates will be repeating his/her name on a daily basis.
yellow L21 pup smiles while bravely sitting on a grate

While we hope all puppies will complete the training program, there is no guarantee that your special named puppy will complete training to become a guide dog. Guiding Eyes believes each dog chooses its own career path, and not all dogs will choose the path to be a guide dog.   Dogs may be selected to become part of our elite breeding stock, others are released and enter alternate service dog careers, or find wonderful homes with adoptive families.  Only one Guiding Eyes puppy will be named per special name request regardless of outcome.  Since each litter is assigned names according to a letter of the alphabet there may be a delay in the naming of the puppy.


Please direct your questions about the program or your gift to Rebekah Cross, Director of Donor Relations, 914-243-2211 or


Ready to get started?  Let’s Begin…

Application to Special Name a Guiding Eyes Puppy

Available with a contribution of $5000

Puppy Name Request:

Please note, we ask for more than one name in the event your first choice is already in use.

Who would you like to receive the updates (if not you):

If donating by check, please make checks payable to:
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Please include “special named puppy” in the memo line. 

Questions? Please contact Rebekah Cross by calling 914-243-2211 or emailing

Thank you for supporting Guiding Eyes for the Blind by special naming a puppy! A member of our team will contact you shortly to process your payment method (if other than check) and to confirm your special named request.