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GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT

Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews 129

Nonprofit Issues:

Education

Address:

60735 Dillon Rd Whitewater CA 92282 USA

Mission:

GUIDE DOGS OF THE DESERT IMPROVES THE LIVES OF THE BLIND BY CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE-CHANGING INDEPENDENCE, AND BY CONDUCTING COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am 15 and a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of the Desert. When I got my first puppy in February of 2010 I was very insecure because I am a young puppy raiser so I felt that I was not as cable of raising a guide dog. I also saw these other dogs performing so well and my puppy not doing as well a lot but the staff quickly helped me to learn how to handle the dog better and understand that puppies all develop differently and some take longer to learn things. I also saw other dogs have bad days at training class and realized that my dog was at the same level as most of the dogs there. She is now almost ready to go back and I just got a second puppy. The staff at Guide Dogs of the desert is amazing and really showed me that I can do anything I put my mind to even if I am young. In addition, the other puppy raisers have made me feel right at home at all of the events and training classes and are all great people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to see people receive their Guide Dogs and hear the stories of the amazing things they can do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me responsibility.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful, like I am really making a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We volunteered as puppy raisers and breeder hosts for two dogs over a period of approximately 2 years in 2006-2008. Guide Dogs of the Desert had a major management change during that period resulting in the dismissal of almost all of the existing staff, who were positive, friendly, helpful, open and welcoming people. As existing volunteers with questions and concerns, we were eventually dismissed via an e-mail message. Our breeder dog was taken from us without any discussion or valid explanation. We had volunteered many hours and donated a significant amount of money. We had grown to love our breeder dog very much. She is a fantastic dog and was a big part of our family. We know we are not the only ones who were treated this way. It's unfortunate that the management of the school could not continue with all the volunteers they had in place. They get a zero for communication skills and compassionate understanding of what exactly their volunteers do for them and their dogs. We now volunteer as breeder hosts, and donate to, another guide dog school in Los Angeles, and we are very proud to be helping them with our special brand of volunteerism.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help the management to realize that the donors and volunteers are stakeholders in the organization and the foundation upon which they build their success.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful way in which a guide dog can change a life and help achieve greater independence for the graduates.

Ways to make it better...

I was respected as a volunteer and donor and been given the courtesy of a phone call explaining why our breeder dog was being sent to another home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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