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.
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 and Socialization
The Early Training and 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 socializers bring two puppies to their home for 3 to 5 days, to help them become accustomed to new sights, sounds, and people.
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.)
To learn more about Sitting, Raising or Fostering our dogs, click here.
Please note: Some of our volunteers are eligible to claim an income tax deduction. For more information, please consult your tax professional.