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Guiding Eyes for the Blind Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. We are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence.

Target demographics: People With Vision Loss

Direct beneficiaries per year: graduated 150+ guide dog teams and supported 1,000+ active guide dog teams

Programs: Student Instruction & Dog Training - comprised of the following functional programs: residential training, specialized training, and home training. These programs provide a fully trained guide dog and extensive personalized instruction to individuals with vision loss. All services including travel costs and room & board are provided free of charge to all students. Approximately 150 students graduate with a Guiding Eyes dog each year. Guiding Eyes supports over 1,000 active guide dog teams throughout the United States and Canada.

Canine Development Center - responsible for providing a strong foundation for future guide dogs. The programs that comprise the Canine Development Center are genetics & breeding, whelping, brood & stud care, early & home socialization, and puppy raising. All staff and volunteers are trained through Guiding Eyes' STEP(r) program, which emphasizes the importance of the human-animal bond. The Canine Development Center researches and utilizes estimated breeding values using data-driven temperament & health measurement systems to increase the percentage of puppies that are successful as guides.

Veterinary Hospital - provides veterinary care for newborn puppies, broods and studs, adolescent dogs being raised by volunteer puppy raising families, dogs in harness training, local active guide dogs, and even retired guide dogs. Guiding Eyes has two veterinary hospitals located at both the Training School campus and the Canine Development Center. All of these dogs account for over 4,000 visits per year.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Eyes is an amazing organization! They truly care about the dogs and the students going through their programs and are always there to support the raisers in whatever they need. Guiding Eyes is the reason that I am pursuing a degree in canine training. Had it not been for my experience with them I would never have known the passion I have for raising and training dogs and would be stuck in a degree that I didn't have nearly as much passion for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were fortunate enough to participate in a few Guiding Eyes voluntary programs. A friend suggested we contact Guiding Eyes to volunteer. We started by socializing puppies. I love puppies! We would get 1-3 puppies at a time for a couple of days. It was fun exposing them to new things! Then we went on to volunteer for the Brood and Stud program. The training was fun and enlightening. We fell in love with Mallory (our brood) when we first met her in training. Guiding Eyes works hard to match dogs with their owners. They did a perfect job matching us together. The foster program was a wonderful experience - to watch your brood become a mom is so cute. It is also very rewarding to know these pups will enhance someone’s life when they grow up. Guiding Eyes provided support and demonstrated so much appreciation during the time we were fostering. We were the ones that should thank them!
Marilyn and Art Teicher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for two positions at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I do data input for the cyrology lab and I am an early socialization provider in the whelping kennel. The program treats their volunteers with the utmost respect and gratitude. They are easy to communicate with and take time to train you for what you are there to volunteer for. Can't say enough good things about GEB!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our first puppy to raise for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Inc. (GEB) – Buffy, an 8-week old yellow Labrador – came to live with us on Sept 13, 2019. Though we had never raised a large breed puppy before, Guiding Eyes prepared us well to receive our puppy. Staying with us through the entire process, Guiding Eyes taught us how to train and care for the puppy through weekly puppy classes and instruction. We even got to go on several fun field trips with the class as well as many routine outings as a family. It didn’t take long for Buffy became a part of our family – accompanying us on weekly shopping errands, going into the office “to work”, having fun playing in the backyard, and taking well-deserved naps after a long day. It was truly a joy having Buffy as part of our family for 20 months and seeing her grow from rambunctious puppy into a well-mannered, sweet dog with an excellent work ethic. Returning Buffy to GEB for her formal training was a bitter-sweet moment – like watching a child leaving for college. Words cannot express how proud we are of how she far she has come and knowing she will bring her graduate great value in the remarkable work, and companionship once she finishes her training.

Our second puppy, Fairlee, an 8-week old black Labrador – joined our family from GEB on Feb 24, 2021, while our time with Buffy was drawing to a close. Both of the puppies together filled our house with much happiness and love. As Fairlee is now our focus, we have found each puppy has a unique personality. We can all agree – Fairlee like Buffy, brings boundless energy and joy to our household along with new opportunities to explore the world through her eyes. We are excited to see Fairlee grow and are eager to see where her future may lead.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer puppy raiser for the last four years, we have learned that our role is simply to love these dogs so they can serve others. Is that not the simple task of parenting or any meaningful relationship? We love to provide a foundation for service and in so doing we are loved and served. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been transformational to folks with vision loss and for folks who see alike. Dixcy Bosley Washington DC

Lisa F.18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Guiding Eyes for the past 6 years. I have a brood dog, Emerald who has had 4 litters and 37 puppies for GEB, she also works every day at school with me and her daughter Quinn as comfort dogs. I have also done home litter care (HLC) for 6 litters as well as puppy socializing. All of this has been the most wonderful experience not only for my family but for the thousands of students that they work with every day. They are such superstars that 3 of my colleagues are fostering brood or stud dogs as well. GEB is such a wonderful organization to be involved with. My daughter who has been volunteering with me wrote her college essay on how working with GEB has given her so much more than she has received. I will be involved with this organization for as long as I can in the future, as soon as they retire Emerald I will get another brood, you get so much more than you give from this wonderful organization.

Tana B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m raising a puppy for the first time and have had Wonderful support from GEB staff. They are all so sweet and gentle with the dogs and to me that is an indication of the overall integrity of the organization. It’s no surprise that Amazing guide dogs emerge from the program are out there as incredible companions and helping people near and far.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Guiding Eyes for the Blind because I know the work I do will eventually make a difference in a person's life one day. The pups are adorable and the Guiding Eyes instructors are patient, kind and appreciative of how you are helping them. As a sitter I am able to pick and choose when I can host a dog in training. I love that flexibility! One day I hope to be raiser myself.

1 David F.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I started as puppy raisers with Guiding Eyes about 5 years ago. We raised two pups, and after a job layoff, decided to take a break. However, around that same time, our second pup Colton was medically released due to (ironically) eye issues. We adopted him as our own and he's now nearly 4 years old.
The interesting thing is, instead of waving good bye and saying thanks, the Maine region of guiding eyes asked us to help out as puppy sitters and new raiser liaisons. So now, along with Colton, we remain active with the region, supporting their efforts where we can.
Guiding eyes has been one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities we have been involved with, and we have always appreciated the friendship, guidance and love this organization shares.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We initially got involved with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in 2002. Two years prior, my 4 year old son had gotten severely attacked by a neighbor's Akita. He endured weeks in the hospital and months of recovery. Needless to say, he and his twin brother became paralyzing terrified of dogs. We realized that we needed to help our children overcome their fear of dogs, so we got involved with the Home Socialization volunteer program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind where we had the opportunity to take a few 6-8 week old puppies to our home for a weekend. At first my children remained fearful of the cute puppies, but the more we did it, the more comfortable they became around dogs. Afterall, who doesn't love a puppy? After participating in this volunteer program for a few years, we had the opportunity to keep the puppies over a long July 4th holiday weekend. When they left, our house felt empty, and we realized that we wanted to have a dog of our own. However, given our children's history, we knew we could not bring in an untrained or unpredictable dog. So we volunteered to be a foster family to a breeding dog. We saw this as a way to continue to be involved with an amazing organization, as well as a way to grow our family by having a dog live with us. And not just any dog. Breeding dogs are truly the best of the best, and we were honored to be able to provide a loving foster home to a dog whose job was to produce more guide dogs. That was back in 2004. Since then, we have fostered 5 breeding dogs. For over 10 years we had two breeding dogs, Eileen and Nilla, or "the ladies" as we affectionately called them. Any time we were out in public with our dogs, people would compliment us on how well-behaved they were and how well they listened to us. We never missed an opportunity to brag about who they were, their job and mission in life, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. In 2019 both "ladies" passed away at ages 12 & 13. We were devastated and grief-stricken over the loss of our family members. By this time my children were both out of the home, and losing Eileen and Nilla made our house feel even emptier. But even as senior citizen dogs we always continued to maintain our connection to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and a few months after their passing, we decided that we wanted to foster another brood. Enter Noni. Noni is a 60-pound dog who thinks she is a toy lap dog. Her favorite places to be, besides sitting on a lap, are hiking in the woods or swimming in any kind of water. Noni is brilliant, sweet, gentle, playful, and just a little bit stubborn. Noni brought such a sense of youth and playfulness to our empty-nest home. She keeps up with our active lifestyle, and we are forever grateful that we get to provide a loving home to Noni. We also never miss an opportunity to brag about her lot in life and how proud we are that she has been chosen to create future guide dogs. Noni has had three litters for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and she has been blessed with having huge litters. We are currently doing home litter care for her most recent litter of 9 puppies (and 1 adopted from another brood who was unable to care for her puppy). Although we are the "volunteers" for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, we truly feel like we are beneficiaries of this incredible organization. For us to be able to welcome Noni and her puppies into our home, feels like such a gift they are giving to us. And just like when we bragged when we were out with "the ladies" or out with Noni, volunteering to do home litter care has given us the opportunity to brag, this time through social media, about Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the special work these 10 little puppies will do in their lives. Every time Noni is pregnant, we never forget that despite morning sickness, fatigue, loss of appetite, feeling fat, Noni is doing a job that will change people's lives. And to be able to play even a small part in that process is such a remarkable feeling. While we wish our son were never attacked by a dog, we are so grateful for the 20 year connection we have had with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and the small role we played in countless number of puppies' lives as they began their journey and destiny to change people's lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 2002. We initially became involved after one of our twins was brutally and viciously attacked by a neighbor's dog, which required a prolonged hospital stay and multiple surgeries. Following the dog attack, my then 5 year old twins were terrified of all dogs. Our first level of involvement with GEB was for purely selfish reasons. We became puppy home socializers. We thought this would be a great way for our boys to overcome their fear of dogs. After all, who can resist a cute cuddly puppy! Our boys soon overcame their fear of dogs, and looked forward to the weekends where we could bring a few new puppies into our home. Those home socialization weekends brought so much joy and love into our home, as well as great "therapy" to help our boys overcome their fear of dogs. After a long July 4th holiday weekend where we kept puppies in our house for 5 days, our home felt empty after the puppies left. It was then that we realized that we wanted a dog of our own in our home. But it was also at that time that we realized how important it was for us to remain involved and connected with GEB. We signed up to become fosters in the breeding program. Having been open and honest with our story, we were matched with the most gentle, sweet, mellow, and confident young brood. Her name was Queenie, although her nickname was "lumpy head" because of a congenital bump on the top of her head. Queenie lived up to her regal name. She became royalty in our home, and our family doted on her to no end. During Queenie's first (and only) pregnancy, she suffered terribly from nausea and loss of appetite. Towards the end of the pregnancy we were hand-feeding her small bits of ground beef, just to ensure that she continued to nourish her puppies. After her delivery of a beautiful litter, Queenie's appetite did not resume. While in the whelping kennel, it was discovered that Queenie had a congenital kidney disease which was not picked up prior to the pregnancy. Queenie returned to our home after whelping her puppies, but she was discharged from the breeding program, and we were told that her condition would deteriorate quickly. We were sad over the prospect of losing Queenie, but we were also sad with the idea that we were no longer part of the GEB community. It was at that time that we made the decision to take in another brood. We were matched with Eileen, another sweet, confident, and loving young dog. Eileen and Queenie quickly formed a strong bond, and we truly believe that Eileen's presence in our home helped Queenie to hold on as long as she did. Almost one year after delivering her litter, Queenie let us know that she was done fighting her battle against kidney disease. Our family was devastated and felt the loss of Queenie in our home. The GEB breeding community helped us mourn and grieve, but also helped us remember how much joy Eileen received in having a pal in the home. A few months after we lost Queenie, we welcomed a spunky and lively Nilla into our home. Nilla was unlike any brood we had ever had. Nilla was a brilliant problem-solver. She would not have made a good guide dog, because we were told that Nilla knew she was smarter than the people and knew a better and quicker way to get things done. Nilla clearly had a mind of her own, and she reminded us of that when she escaped our fenced in yard, when she ate a chocolate cake off the counter, and when she climbed on the kitchen table to eat a bowl of pineapple. All of this within the first week of Nilla coming to our home! But Nilla brought a level of playfulness and high energy that we needed to help us mourn our sweet Queenie, and GEB diligently worked with us to perfect our training with Nilla and to re-establish rules and boundaries. And smart Nilla quickly became a wonderful addition to our home. Unfortunately, Nilla did not make such a great mom. With her one (and only) litter, Nilla needed some coaxing and encouragement to care for her puppies. With so few of her puppies passing their puppy tests, GEB decided to retire Nilla from the program. But Eileen went on to be a prolific breeder for GEB, producing 7 litters and at least 42 puppies. Several of Eileen's progeny went on to become breeders themselves, and still many many others became working guides. Some of our proudest moments were when we got to attend the graduation of one of Eileen's babies, as they began their own lives as guide dogs. Eileen and Nilla lived with us until the ripe ages of 13 and 14. They participated in all of our family events and milestones. They became known as "the ladies" in our home. When Eileen was retired from breeding at age 6, we were very sad to no longer be part of the GEB community. But we never forgot where Nilla and Eileen came from, and whenever and whereever we had the chance, Nilla and Eileen were the best ambassadors for GEB, showing off their impeccable manners and training, and giving us an opportunity to share with others their important life jobs. Nilla and Eileen passed away within 6 months of one another, and our home felt empty and quiet without them. Our twins were grown and out of the house, and my husband and I were dealing with having just discovered that one of our sons had an addiction problem. You would think that with all of that on our plate, the last thing we needed was to take on another dog into our home. That's what we thought too, but we missed our connection with GEB and we missed having a dog in our home, so we re-connected with our GEB friends, having been "retired" from the breeding program for almost 8 year. We were welcomed back with open arms. It felt like a homecoming to reconnect with the staff who had known us since 2002, and we enjoyed getting to know the new staff who had joined in the years since we were gone. We became Noni's fosters in August 2019. Noni is a playful, cuddly, snuggly, and loving 60 pound dog who thinks she is a small lap dog. Noni's most favorite place in the world is to curl up on someone's lap. That is, when she is not running around the woods or swimming in the ocean, her other two favorite things to do. Since living with us, Noni has had two amazingly large litters. Noni's second litter was born this past September. It was the first litter born to GEB since having to shut down in March due to COVID. Noni had 11 perfect little pups, and she brought back a renewed sense of joy and hope to everyone involved in GEB that the breeding program would continue, despite a global pandemic! We are so proud of Noni's role in life, and just as Nilla and Eileen became great ambassadors for GEB, we never miss an opportunity to tell people about Noni's life job and the amazing puppies she creates which will one day become guide dogs. I admit that we got involved with GEB for very selfish reasons, to help our children overcome their fear of dogs, but our involvement with GEB continues to enhance our lives each and every day. In the 18+ years we have been involved with GEB, we have watched them continually grow and perfect guide dog training, breeding, whelping, and even early puppy care. The work GEB does is nothing short of miraculous, and we are so grateful to play our small role in the amazing and incredible work GEB performs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a crucial part of our family. We’re raising our fourth puppy for them and I can’t imagine ever not being involved with this organization. As volunteers we get to share in the joy of their work, all while meeting some great people along the way. We’re so thankful to be part of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Liberty is the first pup I am raising for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, but I have been a faithful volunteer for about 4 years. I love working with these dogs, seeing their growth and improvements, and find it so rewarding that our dogs give the wonderful gift of independence and confidence to their handlers. I love Guiding Eyes and I love the community of supportive puppy raisers around me as well!

Danny B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 I unfortunately lost my vison due to a farm accident, but thankfully I was able to regain vision in my left eye about six months later. After knowing how tough it is to navigate this world without your vision, I always said that I wanted to make a difference in the blind community somehow. My girlfriend and I foster Heyden & Midnight, two of Guiding Eyes' stud dogs, and I can't explain just how much joy it brings me knowing that our boys are producing many many puppies that will go on to guide those who cannot see for themselves! Heyden & Midnight are also making a difference at home, as we raise large draft horses and do not for profit work with disabled individuals, veterans, and first responders. These individuals and families LOVE interacting with our dogs, and they are without a doubt making a major impact at home on the farm, as well as breeding at Guiding Eyes. We look forward to a long relationship with this amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 I lost vison in both of my eyes due to an unexpected accident on my farm. I was lucky enough to regain vision in one eye, and I always said that if I get my vision back, I was going to find a way to give back to the blind community. I am affiliated with many charitable organizations in the area, and am by far the most proud of the work that I do with Guiding eyes. My girlfriend and I, are the proud fosters of two stud dogs, Heyden and Midnight, who have already had close to thirty puppies to help guide those who cannot see! We do not for profit work on our farms with kids and adults with disabilities, veterans, and first responders, and our two dogs are always what our guests walk away loving the most! We are very thankful to be a part of this amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The brood /stud program
Is the most amazing program I have ever experienced. Not only do we have the most amazing dog Oakland but we have met so many amazing friends and other dogs that we now call family. I highly recommend everyone to try it out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first started with Guiding Eyes by fostering Okemo, an 8 week old black lab in 2019. We went to classes every few weeks to teach her basic guide dog and important social skills. We took her everywhere-restaurants, breweries, out to coffee and socialized her with children as much as possible. She passed her IFT which is the test for guide dog training, but was instead chosen as a potential breed dog. We agreed to foster her as a breeder and she gave birth recently to 3 beautiful lab puppies who will likely be future guide dogs.

We also socialize puppies, which means you take 2-3 puppies home for a few days and expose them to people and new experiences. It's a lot of work and messy as you could imagine, but so much fun even when you feel their sharp little teeth on you! All the neighbors come to visit when we have puppies. They are so cute!

Guiding Eyes has always been very easy to work with. The physical and emotional health of their dogs is their priority. Their vet care is excellent and always easy to access as a foster. They immediately return emails when you have a question. Their dogs are smart and bred well with good temperaments. The Patterson facility is clean and the dogs are well cared for. Okemo jumps out of the car and runs up the stairs whenever we need to visit. The staff is very friendly and it's obvious they love animals. It's been a rewarding experience to foster her and we've learned a lot in the past 2 years.

Jonathan C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have volunteered with Guiding Eyes for 5 years - it is a wonderful organization united by a common purpose to bring independence to the visually impaired. Of course, what makes it all work are the remarkable dogs that give selflessly on our behalf every day. Each one of them models the devotion and caring required to truly help others and all they require in return are a few treats and a scratch behind the ear. They inspire us every day to be as generous with our love as they are with theirs. Our association with Guiding Eyes dogs have made us better humans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you love dogs, Labrador Retrievers, and helping your fellow humans, GEB is a community you want to be a part of. My family came to GEB because of dogs and labs, but we stay because of the positive impact that GEB has on the lives of those who are helped by these amazing animals. The entire organization is united behind this love of dogs and their ability to return independence to those with visual impairments. Join us in supporting this incredible organization.

lfleischm9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had Ernest for over 2 years. The joy he has brought us , our neighbors , children and the seniors he interacts with is incalculable . As a guiding eyes Stud, he happily does his 3-5 Miles of walks each day and wants to play or just hang out. His temperament and intellect are apparent… We love him as one of our children. Bravo Guiding eyes….

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ernest has been in our lives for almost a year. He is an integral part of our family. As a GEB stud , his official duties are limited but his greater role is companion, family member and happy and loving Happiness ambassador to all. The GEB breeding kennel is a loving and giving place. Each dog is a unique personality that is carefully chosen to ultimately enhance the life of a deserving sight challenged individual in one of many ways. The loving care and education of these special dogs is so apparent from the first moment one arrives. My family and I adopted a released puppy 18 years ago who completed our family for 14 years. Rodney was so special we can’t imagine how life would have been without him. Along came Ernest, the sweet ,loving and goofy bruiser . No words can convey the joy and fun he has brought to our home. He has become the mayor of the neighborhood in this Covid environment with many walking dogs and enjoying the outdoors. God bless Maria and her GEB staff and vets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for nine years. They are a wonderful organization that places guide dogs with the blind and visually impaired free of charge. I feel highly valued as a volunteer and believe 100% in their mission. I am happy and proud to be part of their volunteer network.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are all capable of giving back, whether it’s with our time, our money, or volunteering for a cause that is near to us. Four years ago, my oldest son who happens to be blind, received a guide dog, Patrick. Patrick has provided Matthew with a true sense of security, companionship, independence, and dignity. After seeing the transformative bond between Matthew and Patrick, I decided to volunteer as a raiser with GEB. I'm now in a position to help create a world that allows equal access to all persons with disabilities and I've taught my daughter to put the care of others before ourselves. The opportunity to raise a future guide dog creates an unbelievable sense of pride as they accomplish their goals, whether it's successfully teaching a puppy “down,” or when the puppy actually “graduates”. There is no greater gift than the gift of giving and raising awareness for those with vision disabilities.
Mindy Lipsey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a Puppy Raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

The night before Helen left for IFT, I felt the lump in my throat. The feeling was a mixture of sadness and joy. Sure, I would miss Helen. But the joy Helen brought to my life out-weighted the sadness. Helen was a blessing – she even had angel wing markings on her back to prove it. Her speckled ears were so soft and beautiful and so comforting to pet. Helen loved everyone…her rear-end would wiggle like crazy whenever anyone would come over to the house. She wanted to be everyone’s best friend. Well, she certainly was my BFF this past year (pst…don’t tell my pet dog Riley).

Helen was a great companion. She pretty much followed me around all day – while I was on the toilet, in the shower, getting dressed, blow drying my hair, doing the laundry. When she wasn’t following me, Helen was following Riley around. I think Riley will be the only one in the house happy to see Helen go.

When quarantine happened, I had to share Helen with the other four people in the house. Helen became a study-buddy and pleasant distraction to my daughters. Helen loved doing yoga and workout videos with the girls. When she heard them filling up their Hydroflasks with ice, Helen would come running – she loved ice cubes! Helen loved getting up early with my husband and Riley while the rest of us slept in. Saturday was my morning with Helen to garden and investigate bugs together.

This morning after Zoom church, the five of us watched Helen’s IFT video. She did such a great job. I guess all those days vacuuming, blowing drying my hair in front of a fan, walking over ladders, and bug watching with Helen paid off. She will make a great mom or guide dog one day. Thank you GEB for trusting me with Helen this past year. Whatever her future holds, Helen will continue to be a blessing to everyone she meets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for 4 years now and I’ve loved EVERY minute!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Each puppy I sit or raise takes a place in my heart, and they are so special to do the work they are trained to do. The staff and other volunteers at Guiding Eyes are a true community, and they’re always going above and beyond to help you. They give so much time and love to the cause, and I’m proud to work with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is not only a phenomenal organization in what they do and the services they provide, but an amazing place to volunteer for and work with. I absolutely love puppy raising and have so much fun doing it and Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been so great about working with me to find a setup that accommodates my work schedule as a nurse and works for me. I am so grateful to them for the opportunity to continue doing something I love so much and I look forward to continuing to puppy raise for many years!

Elizabeth M.15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a puppy sitter for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for 20 years. That means I have taken courses and been approved to have guide dogs in training come to my house when their volunteer puppy raisers go on vacation - or the dog needs a change of environment. I would not have been doing for 20 years if the organization was not wonderful. Love the people I meet through our local Baltimore Chapter -- and I just love the dogs. I especially enjoy meeting blind people who have been given/paired up with one of the Guiding Eyes dogs I helped with and to see in action the great work this non-profit does.

Dagmar W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that changes the lives of so many people. From the puppy raisers that get to spend quality time with these adorable puppies to the visually impaired people that benefit from the company of a first-rate guide dog. Everyone in the organization is so positive and helpful. Truly one of the best nonprofits I have seen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer puppy raiser with Guiding Eyes for the past 8 years and cannot say enough good things about this organization. It has truly been a life changing volunteer experience for me. I have learned so much and met so many amazing people, all while potentially providing a life changing guide dog to someone in need. They ALWAYS put the well-being, safety, and happiness of the dog and any potential graduates first.
I am also a donor and have seen first hand the impact my donations can have and how much they are valued by the organization. I donate with complete confidence and trust that my contributions are used to maximize the impact Guiding Eyes can have on the life of someone who is visually impaired.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finding the opportunity to work with Guiding eyes for the blind while being a college student definitely has made me successful is many ways and opened a lot more for me! I have been a volunteer puppy raiser for about 2 and half years now and I have loved every second. I love the community that is involved with GEB, the amount of different people I have met is incredibly! I am raising my second puppy and we had an emergency occur this weekend and GEB worked quick to help us and access the problem. Guiding Eyes is a huge part of my life and I don’t know where I would be without them! Photos pictures are my two pups I have raised!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My GEB volunteer story began just one month ago. The last of my three dogs and one cat passed away during the summer, and I found myself missing the tail wagging, wet-nosed kisses, and unconditional love they had bestowed upon me day and night. I felt I could never go through losing another pet, but I just needed that connection. I volunteered at GEB to do some office work on their computers, not realizing that dogs were abound in the office. Not only did I get to see puppies at play, and newborns nursing, but also some of my office mates were four-legged...big, floppy, funny, loving dogs. How comforting it was to get that nuzzling fix of canine love once again. Now I realize I just might be able to love and accept the joy and eventual loss of another dog in my life. Oh, and the people are great too! It's nice to be around animal lovers who spend each day breeding and training beautiful, valuable companions for the visually-impaired. All this was going on just six miles from my home. Who knew?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past several years, Monday morning at 7 am has been my favortie time of the week. That's crazy-why? Most people hate Monday mornings! The reason for this is that it is when I report for my volunteer shift at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Breeding Kennel. I am always greeted by enthusiatic wags from the dogs as I give them their breakfast. Then, along with the staff, we move them outside in order to clean their kennels. They come back in to clean quarters and that's when the real fun begins! The dogs get to go outside to a fenced area up a big hill that is several acres large. Here they can run and play with some of their kennel mates. No matter the season or weather, they always bound up the hill with enthusiasm. Some chase each other and play, others just prefer to walk and sniff all the amazing smells. I get such joy out of watching them delight in being in the moment. Cleaning kennels, feeding, and walking dogs may not seem glamorous (did I mention the poop bags??). However, I know that what I am doing is a small part in a much greater mission-to provide seeing eye dogs for the visually impaired. I feel so priveleged to ba a part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wear a couple of volunteer hats at GEB and one of them has been in the role of Early Socializer working with newborn puppies up to 5 weeks old before they move on to next steps with volunteer foster volunteers, then puppy raisers if selected for the guide dog training program. Words cannot express how rewarding it is to participate in the development of future guide dogs for the visually impaired. We are trained in very specific ways to expose the puppies to both physical and external stimuli at this very early, very critical stage of their development. We massage them as well as conduct play sessions with them and record behavioral observations. Yes, it’s loads of fun working with Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd puppies; however, it’s also two-hours per week of hard work well spent on behalf of GEB, their amazing dogs and the humans they will someday serve. When the pandemic finally releases us from hibernations, I recommend attending one of GEB’s monthly graduations at the Yorktown Heights location – a moving experience that guarantees to speak louder than words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Almost 12 years ago I volunteered at Guiding Eyes Canine Development Center where 500 puppies are bred each year. Due to a physical disability, I am unable to work with puppies. Fortunately, the Guiding Eyes Genetics Department needed someone who was familiar with spreadsheets and medical terminology to enter health surveys into the files of both guide dogs and released dogs, as this data is used for making breeding decisions. I enter downloaded health surveys, and for some folks who are unable to enter their health survey into a computer, we call them to update the dog's record. My greatest joy is speaking with grads who love to tell us how their dog is doing. In addition to health data, I hear wonderful stories. For instance, one grad traveled with her husband from their home in the upper mid-west to Washington State, stopping at each Lyons Club along the way to say "thank you" for supporting Guiding Eyes. Another grad is in a travel Beep Baseball League and so enjoys playing. One grad, is an amazing woman who is not only legally blind but also deaf. She became a college professor, teaching sign language. So many grads and each with a different, wonderful story. In talking with people who have adopted released dogs, I discovered that so many have had their remarkable dogs subsequently trained as therapy dogs and I listen to stories of these dogs working in hospitals, pediatric departments, hospice centers, VA homes and hospitals, women's shelters, homeless shelters, etc. Every story is different. Every story is amazing, and it makes me love how I am using my retirement years. I work with three other volunteers who enter other data, and I am so pleased and proud to call these women new-found friends. In all these years, every staff member I have met truly treats volunteers as valued members of an important team. As a volunteer, I love the small part I have in an organization that goes so far in making the lives of others better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GEB is an inspirational organization that I'm thrilled to be involved with! From a front-line client administrative role, 'puppy enrichment' (read playing!) & fostering guide dogs-in-training to public engagement there are so many roles I've been able to engage with in the 15 short months since I joined. If you have a skill set, there's an opportunity to put it to exceptionally good use alongside uniformly wonderful people who work with compassion, focus & enthusiasm to deliver these life-changing service dogs to those in need. Along my journey I have had the opportunity to talk to, & learn from, people with such different experiences of life, as well as more than I could possibly have imagined about the world of guide dogs. I can safely say I have used every skill & experience gained so far in my life & professional job roles & put them to such good use. It really is a privilege to work with an organization that truly values & supports its volunteers, without whom this non-profit could not deliver the services it does to its clients. If I could have chosen 10 stars, I would have!

2 rcalderon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My home foster dog Carver provides me with unconditional love and valuable companionship. It has eased the loneliness this Covid 19 pandemic has brought in. Also it is very rewarding to be able to help Guiding Eyes For The Blind. I look forward when I pick him up in the afternoons and we settle in our routine: I get him fed, have dinner go for a long walk and then cuddle to watch TV and all the stress of the day melts away. He is such a sweet dog, very playful and all the neighborhood kids love him. On the weekend we visit my niece & nephew who adore him. It is a great pleasure to watch them play. I include Carver in all my outdoor activities like, long walks in the park, play with the frisbee, go hiking and visit friends. I love my puppy he gives me a lot of joy!

tomcote01

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Tom Cote and I wanted to take a minute to tell you a little about my experience volunteering at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center in Paterson NY. Actually, my association with the Guiding Eyes for the Blind started a long time ago at their annual walkathon in Yorktown Heights. I volunteered there every year helping the clients with their dogs after the walk at the picnic. That was one of the favorite days on my calendar every year. After that I volunteered doing puppy socialization in Paterson NY. I remember thinking who could have a better job than this, working with puppies. My job was to get them used to being in the real world like walking up stairs and getting used to unfamiliar noises. The people there used to say to me “thanks so much Tom for helping out”, but I remember thinking that I am the one benefiting from this and said to myself one day when I retire I really want to do this. I met a lot of great people in Paterson like Maria Lazzaro and Sarah Brunelle. So years later I was at a Guiding Eyes graduation and I bumped into Maria and asked her about volunteer work after I retire. She put me in touch with Ellen Mitchell who I had met when I got my company Priceline.com involved with doing puppy socialization at our office. Ellen said they would welcome me to volunteer. Shortly after that I did retire, and I ended up volunteering at the Canine Development Center in Paterson with the dogs in the breeding kennel. This had long been a dream of mine to work with the dogs after I retired and now it had come true. I was told that the work I was doing was critical to the organization’s efforts, but it gave me more than I could ever give back. It gave me a sense of purpose that every week I had a place to go and help a great organization like the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I can’t describe the feeling you get when you attend a graduation ceremony there and you see how grateful the clients that receive a guide dog are and hear how their lives have completely changed due to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Volunteering there is an experience for me that is beyond explanation but I hope I have made you see just a little bit what it was like for me and if you are looking for a charity to support I couldn’t recommend one better than the Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit. Their mission and work is extremely impactful. They provide the opportunity for visually impaired people to lead an independent life with a built in companion by their side. My uncle is visually impaired and has been fortunate to work with Guiding Eyes for the past 20 years.

Because of his guide dogs, my uncle is able to overcome challenges and participate in almost every normal activity that we so often take for granted.

Recently, I have been volunteering as a home foster to a guide dog in training. I care for the dog when she is not working, and it has been a wonderful experience. In this short time, the dog has brought so much happiness into my life, and I look forward to seeing her progress to a guide dog.

This nonprofit changes peoples' lives for the better, and I will continue to volunteer here for as long as I can!

Laurence L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a volunteer family who takes care of a brood from the Guiding Eye program. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a wonderful organization to work with. They take very good care of their dogs and are very easy to work with. The work we do with them is very rewarding. Thanks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a puppy raiser at Guiding Eyes in 1991. Ten years ago I fostered an extraordinary brood. After she had her first litter, I began volunteering in the Whelping kennel. There’s nothing like holding a tiny puppy in your hand and thinking that one day that puppy might become a guide dog! I started puppy raising again when my brood had her second litter and I raised one of her puppies. As a volunteer at Guiding Eyes, I have made many new friends over the years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has provided me with the opportunity to not only have an impact on others lives, but to find a sense of purpose as well. Whether it's working in the office doing data entry, participating in puppy enrichment, or welcoming a pair of puppies into our home to help socialize them, I know we are working to make a difference in someone's life. Playing a part, no matter how small, in helping the puppies on their journey to become guide dogs is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. Guiding Eyes truly changes people's lives by providing guide dogs to the visually impaired, and being a part of that community has been incredibly rewarding. 

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you have children, best experience ever! What better way to promote pay it forward then to foster a dog that goes on to whelp amazing more dogs to service an industry that sadly sometimes gets overlooked. This is my second round fostering a brood for the Guiding Eyes and I came back because my heart just wells up knowing my dog could provide pups that go on to assist someone that otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to cross a street, board a bus or just give love unconditionally. My children, now grown, lived an experience that there is a world beyond their front door. I speak the praises daily of the GEB and do my best to recruit other families to open their hearts and be a part of a bigger community. Monica Rush

Lauren L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for 20 years, yes, 20years! I am a brood foster, which means I take care of a female breeding dog. Her puppies grow up and train to be guide dogs. It's the people and the dogs that make our organization so special to me. Nothing is done half assed (!) here. I love this organization and it's a huge part of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living in Yorktown Hgts I’ve always been interested in following GEB. Now that I’ve retired from my full time nursing job I’ve been able to actively volunteer! I’ve been doing Home Litter Care for the past two years and what could be better than a bucket of puppies? They come into my home as tiny bundles of fur and leave as confident loving pups ready to move on to follow their destiny, some as guide dogs others as beloved family members!
I’m now a very happy foster momma to a brood named Dior! She is full of love and energy and she has stolen my heart!
Being part of the GEB family has been and continues to be a wonderful experience!
Life Is Good and full of love and kindness!
Just ask a DOG

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer foster for 2 broods for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for the past 5 years. It has been a wonderful experience for both me and my family to be involved with the fabulous GEB community in helping to provide service dogs for those in need. I would highly recommend volunteering for this great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have fostered three beautiful broods from Guiding Eyes for the Blind over the last 16 years. I can honestly say it has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Being part of GEB community is soul filling. It’s wonderful to be part of a community that is changing people’s lives for the better. Hats off to Guiding Eyes for the Blind for all that they do!

Stacey S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a new foster family for a Guiding Eyes for the Blind stud dog . We were very eager to do this for an amazing organization . GEB is very supportive through the process of fostering . The work they do is absolutely amazing. The fact that they change so many lives and give a new level of independence to the sight impaired owner is so inspiring .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for GEB has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life!

With a journalist background, I began by meeting clients (students), and interviewing them for their graduation bios. The range of stories and circumstances was amazing, and I learned a great deal about the vast and varied clientele we serve.

Soon thereafter, I began working at the Breeding Kennel (BK). There I was partnered with a highly seasoned volunteer--Robert Hart--who showed me all the ropes and turned out to be a fantastic mentor and co-worker. Speaking of which, not only are the dogs--black Labs, yellow Labs, German Shepherds--a delight to feed, to walk, to attend to in every way, but the staff are also incredible. Each and every individual is devoted to GEB and gives his or her all.

My commitment to GEB is deep and heartfelt, and I long for the day when Covid-19 recedes and we are able to be back on the job.

In closing, I should add that my first exposure to GEB was via my beloved black Lab, Soonia, who was a GEB "released puppy" and who became our family dog for a blessed twelve years. With her incredible genetic background, she had the most beautiful disposition one could ever ask for. We miss her more than I can say.

P.S. I have volunteered for many, many decades--starting in high school, and through many decades of working life pre-retirement...at major NYC and Westchester Cty. hospitals, for example...but nowhere have I felt the total fulfillment that I feel working for GEB. Its mission and its outreach are, to me, commendable beyond measure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I often wondered what it would be like to foster a guide dog in training. It was a huge surprise when Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB), started the Home Foster program so I signed up right away. This program has guide dogs in training spend the evenings and weekends with fosters until they're placed with a visually impaired person.

I'm already fostering one of their breeding females and thought this new experience would be a win win for all of us . . . I was right. I was assigned a tall, leggy, female yellow Lab named Bea. She wasn't your typical happy-go- lucky Lab with an incessantly wagging tail, but a reserved and unassuming one. I didn't know what to expect and yet I wasn't surprised that she had great house manners, was very disciplined, calm, responsive and predictable. I appreciated all these qualities which made life easy and enjoyable for all of us. It wasn't until several weeks passed that Bea displayed some of her guide dog training behavior; going to my left side when we entered/exited the door, pausing at the curb, always following me around the house and sitting by my feet while I watched TV, etc.. It was very endearing watching her and thinking about how essential this behavior will benefit her visually impaired person.

Last week she left for Colorado, after passing her guide dog evaluations, to be paired with a client. I was left with a sense of pride and gratitude for having added something, as much as anyone could in a short two months, to her life experiences. The dogs in GEB's Home Foster program are my heroes and I feel honored to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great dogs, wonderful support and training. Would do it 100 times over

1 Dave F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started in the home socialization program for puppies as we weren't sure our busy family was ready for the responsibilities of a full-time pet. The program has changed our lives! Now we are foster parents for a breeding female, and we continue to do the home puppy socialization as well. It's a true win/win as the dogs get the benefit of the home experience, and we get puppies and one of the best behaved breeding female labs. We fully intend to adopt her when she retires, and we can't imagine our lives without this amazing non-profit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people who care so much about the well-bring of these beautiful animals, and goes out of their way to pair these creatures with the correct person. We have volunteered with them for over four years now, and have been so impressed with the caliber of their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are fosters to a first time brood, Roz. My 8 year old daughter wrote this for a school assignment. Having Roz obviously means a lot to us and its a wonderful program to be apart of.

This weekend I took my dog, Roz to her ultrasound. My sister and I waited for my dad in the car. When my dad got in the car we were ready to go. Roz was sitting on the floor of the car wagging her tail. I think Roz knew something was happening! It was a long drive to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Oh, and did I tell you that Roz's puppies will help blind people? When we got to the Guiding Eyes, I hopped out of the car and ran to catch up to my dad with Roz. We rang the doorbell and a woman came out and said she would take Roz for about fifteen to twenty minutes. We waited and waited and waited. Then finally the woman came out again with Roz. The woman said that Roz was pregnant! YAY! They said that they are expecting Roz to have six to seven puppies! Roz is not just a plain dog, she is a dog with a purpose who is going to help people in need. I am so proud that Roz is our dog!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were given the amazing opportunity to foster from the Guiding Eyes, due to COVID. Once they had reached out and decided on finding volunteers to foster, we couldn't say no. The process of fostering has been so amazing. The staff has been so friendly and kind. He is part of our family, but we know he will be going to someone who is in need. The training that these Guide dogs have is incredible. The trainers at the Guiding Eyes have trained these dogs better then i've ever seen before. They teach them so much about loving and being so well behaved in and out of training. Being able to foster especially during COVID has brought such happy times into our home. We are so grateful for the Guiding Eyes to open up there doors to people in the area. We will continue to help and volunteer for the Guiding Eyes for as long as we can!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Guiding Eyes 4 years ago working as an Early Socializer and then also as a Home Socializer. I look forward to my time spent at the Breeding kennel massaging the new puppies and then working with them in the early socialization room. I love to see how the puppies develop each week and adapt to all kinds of new sounds, toys, under footings, and situations. I also love the opportunity to take 2 puppies home at a time and expose them to new surroundings, people, activities, as well as start house training them and teaching them basic commands. It is rewarding knowing that someday these puppies will change the life for a visually impaired person. I love being able to care for the puppies, snuggle, and love them in hopes that they will go on to accomplish great things as a Guiding Eyes For the Blind guide dog. The people that work at Guiding Eyes are truly amazing and their passion shines through in every day. It’s a great joy to volunteer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been involved with Guiding Eyes for the Blind for almost 20 years, in many different aspects. Our most favorite has been fostering in the Brood Stud department. These dogs have such special jobs, it is an honor to be involved in their mission, in any way possible! Plus, the added bonus of puppy kisses and snuggles doesn’t hurt!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found community in Guiding Eyes for the Blind! As a four time puppy raiser and a brood foster, I have met so many people up and down the East Coast, who I now consider friends. Not only do I feel an immense sense of belonging but the physical hours and emotional investment that volunteers provide brings independence through guide dogs (for free) to those with visual impairment. It's a win/win.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a wonderful experience. 
As a 14 year old, it gave me the opportunity to learn the responsibility of raising and training a dog that would bring so much support and joy to someone for many years. Now in my retirement years, I get to socialize and play with the smartest and
cutest puppies which continues to give me a purpose knowing it's for such a
good cause.  Thank you Guiding Eyes for all that you do. Ann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They treat everybody with respect and make you feel like part of their family

Donor

Rating: 5

There is a desperate need for these service dogs to help any folks that need them to regain some feeling of freedom. Some Independence is so important to their self-esteem again in this world, especially our vets, those who have lost their eyesight due to an illness or injury, this is a life raft back to the world!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used the services of Guiding Eyes for almost 40 years, and have been impressed by the care and concern given to each team that the school trains.

Since Guiding Eyes has one major mission, that of training blind people and guide dogs to be the best they can be, as with any non-profit, resources and goals have to be targeted which fortunately they are.

I very much appreciate the 5 guide dogs I've received from them, and appreciate that the goal of all the staff is to make our work the best it can be and they provide the appropriate follow-up to make sure it's so.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Ryes is not just an organization, its a family. A family who nurtures the confidence and independence to its blind, Visually Impaired and deaf/blind graduates. A family who continues to care throughout our entire journey with our guides and even through the transition from retired Guide to its successor. GEB staff and volunteers changed my life 13 years ago and continue to make a difference in my life each and every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Guiding Eyes for about 5 years now. Back in 2013, I didn't know much about Guiding Eyes for the Blind, but after retiring from my job at a school district, I wanted to do volunteer work and remembered this organization that had been in my local area for as long as I remembered, so I gave them a try. What I found was a wonderful environment with very professional and compassionate people who seemed genuinely dedicated to the goal of their organization, which is matching guide dogs with people who need them. And I was amazed to learn that this is at no cost at all to the people they help! But I think most of all, I witnessed firsthand their training staff working with their dogs and their visually impaired students, and I am in awe of the kindness, respect and talent they employ in dealing with both dog and student. This certainly seems like a worthwhile organization to me.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Guiding Eyes used to be a wonderful, caring organization, built on the shoulders of volunteers, a caring staff and wonderful dogs! All that is still true, except for a new CEO, 2 yrs ago, who seems to view it as a money maker, a vehicle for his own ego driving agenda of Running Guides, a program that will certainly shorten a guide dog's career, and is not in the best interest of these dogs. Many students are currently being given long wait times to get into class, and MANY more are now turning to different schools, due to the iron fisted administration. They cut the Heeling Autism program, which had a 100% success rate and was a great career choice for dogs who were too *soft* to become guides. The CEO has fired staff who do not agree with him, and MANY staff have left to go to other service dog organizations because they could not stay in that work environment.

I used to donate quite a bit each year. Until the administration changes, I will find more reputable organizations to donate to. And hope and pray that the 5 star GEB that I used to volunteer with can find itself again.

5 Menzel12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was the lucky recipient of a Guiding Eyes dog. Guiding Eyes is a wonderful organization! They really care for their graduates!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an Awesome organization! That helps people like me who have physical disabilities with the best guide dogs in the world! I would recommend this Non Profit to anyone who is visually impaired or blind in need of a guide dog. They will never forget there experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB). We are currently raising our third puppy who will return to Guiding Eyes for her formal training after we have raised her for about a year and a half. How, you are now asking, can we possibly say goodbye to an adorable puppy with whom we have jumped in snow drifts, gone swimming, cuddled, hiked, and simply loved to pieces for so long?? The answer is because Guiding Eyes dogs are bred and raised and trained for the purpose of being that pair of knowing eyes that opens the world to a vision-impaired person. I think about being blind all the time. How does a blind person shop? Pick clothes to wear in the morning? Find the set of keys that is always misplaced? While a guide dog might not be able to help with those things, it CAN safely guide a blind person from place to place and is a priceless, loving companion. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has graduated more than 7,000 guide dog teams since it was founded in 1954. Most remarkably, the blind applicant who is teamed with a GEB dog pays nothing for the dog (mostly labrador retrievers) or the professional training and follow-up support services. Rather Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a not for profit organization, depends completely on contributions to fulfill its mission. I am proud to be a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes. Although I know we will cry when the day comes to say goodbye to our puppy, we will be SO proud when we see her at graduation with her new partner, a blind man or woman. And of course we will eagerly take another puppy and start all over again. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is beyond a doubt one of the best non-profit organizations EVER.

15 kragndc

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Excellent organization., wonderful cause, devoted volunteers/professionals. I have been a puppy socilaizer/home trainer for quite some time and my whole family is very dedicated and adores the puppies and takes the work very seriously. However, a couple of women in Patterson have become quite the female dogs themselves. Condescending statements, cold attitude and arrogance have no place, particularly when dealing with people who are sacrificing a great deal on their behalf and that of others. There is little to no recognition of early socialization/training volunteers at graduations or elsewhere. We never get a word of thanks, it is bizarre and disheartening. My family is mystified at how they can be this way. Most are wonderful, but a couple rotten apples. I would have rated with 5 stars, were it not for this unconscionable display of arrogance and condescension which has changed everything for us.

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