Volunteers needed for Guide Dogs for the Blind

May 5, 2009 4:05:19 PM PDT
Help raise a puppy that will grow to being a steward for the seeing-impaired.

If you have a fenced yard and a lot of time on your hands, Guide Dogs for the Blind wants to hear from you. They're looking for puppy-raisers.

What are the requirements to become a Guide Dog puppy raiser?
First and foremost, you need to live in one of these Western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah or Washington.

After that, you need to understand and agree to their Puppy Raising Commitment:

  • A local representative will interview you in your home.

  • As a potential puppy raiser, you will join a local puppy raising club and attend preliminary club meetings. Once you receive your pup, you will need to continue to attend regularly scheduled club meetings and outings.

  • You will need to submit completed puppy raising applications, available through your club's puppy raising leader.

  • All members of your household must be committed to raising a puppy.

  • You can be an adult or a youngster, but you have to be at least 9 years old.

  • Your home must provide a safe and secure living environment.

  • You need to be available to supervise a young puppy throughout the day.

  • Your puppy must be on leash when not in a secure area.

  • There must be a compatible relationship with other pets in your home.

  • Your puppy must sleep indoors.

  • You must be committed to providing daily exercise and socialization for your pup.

  • You are responsible for some expenses, including food and incidentals. These expenses may be tax-deductible, depending on your state tax laws.

  • You must use Guide Dog approved training and management techniques when working with your puppy.

  • You need to be willing to travel to meet with Guide Dog representatives for evaluation of your puppy's progress and/or attend training workshops.

  • You must be a positive representative of Guide Dogs for the Blind within your community.

  • You are required to release the puppy back to Guide Dogs for the Blind at our request.
If all that sounds good and you are interested in being interviewed by a representative in your area, call the Canine Community Programs office at Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050 or visit http://www.guidedogs.com.


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