We're always looking for more volunteers! We have several positions available, including puppy raising, puppy sitting and non-dog handling activities.
Qualified volunteer puppy raisers receive their charges when the pups are approximately 8 weeks old, and return them to our campuses between 13 and 18 months old.
Raisers are responsible for teaching the puppies good house manners and basic obedience, and most importantly, socializing them to the world.
No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser; we will help you through the process every step of the way.
BECOMING A PUPPY RAISER
It is a rewarding, emotional experience, and a commitment for which Guide Dogs is extremely grateful.
As a puppy raiser, not only will you discover the delight of a four-footed, wet-nosed companion, you will join a community of like-minded people all working toward improving the quality of life for people who are blind.
Puppy sitters are needed to care for guide dog puppies in training while their raiser is away. Families and individuals who would like to become puppy sitters must follow the same five-step process that is outlined above.
As a puppy sitter, you would watch a dog at your house for as little as 24 hours or up to 2 weeks depending on the needs of the club. During this time, you are responsible for the dog's care and training.
Note: All determinations regarding readiness to puppy sit and raise a guide dog puppy are at the discretion of GDB and the puppy club leader.
If you decide you're ready to get involved, please Contact Us.