The vast network of Guiding Eyes volunteers spans twelve states and includes more than 1,400 volunteers throughout the Northeast. Our volunteers are key to raising, training, and socializing guide dogs as well as supporting our operations in our Yorktown Heights and Patterson, NY locations.
Raising a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a real gift of love. A puppy is not born a guide dog, but created through the dedication and commitment of an entire team of individuals. Puppy Raisers provide a home, teach good social skills and house manners, attend training classes, coordinate care with Guiding Eyes veterinary staff and much more to raise a successful guide dog. Learn about Puppy Raising
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. Learn about the Brood/Stud Foster Program
Home Litter Care
Host a litter of future guide dog puppies, and their mom, in your home. You will care for mother and pups for up to five weeks, providing a safe home environment along with lots of love, gentle massage and progressive socialization for the puppies. Learn about our Home Litter Care Program
Home Socializers bring two puppies, ages six to nine weeks old, to their home for three to five days, to provide socialization to new sights, sounds, and people. Home Socializers also continue and reinforce simple aspects of the pups’ training that was started at the Canine Development Center, including massage, leash walking, riding in cars, sitting for meals, crate time, name recognition, and other skills. Learn about the Home Socialization program
Our campus volunteers work out of our Yorktown Heights or Patterson, New York locations and provide everything from administrative to video to kennel support and much more. Learn about our in-house volunteer opportunities at our Yorktown or Patterson campuses.
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