Guide Dogs of America Needs Volunteer To ‘Raise Puppies’ – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • Saturday December 11 at 10:30 am (90 minutes)
  • Zoom; please register in advance
  • Guide Dogs of America will return to in-person training sessions in 2022; for more information, text PUPPY to 51555

Working with wonderful woofers, the kind of furry lucky charms that make a difference in people’s lives?

Joining a pack of amazing puppies can make a lasting impression on a person’s mind, their outlook, and of course, their mind too.

And this chance to lend a helping hand, your time, empathy and understanding, and a lot of love comes, on December 11, thanks to a “puppy breeder” training session with Guide dogs of America.

This is a virtual event, via Zoom, and this will be the last online news event before in-person rallies return to the Sylmar campus in 2022.

Guide dogs of American pairs have trained puppies with “… blind / visually impaired people and service dogs for veterans and children with autism”, with the dogs also being placed in “hospitals, schools and courtrooms “.

“Our highly trained dogs become trusted companions that increase people’s confidence, mobility and independence. All programs and services, including transportation, personalized training, room / board and postgraduate support, are provided. at no cost to the beneficiary “, declares the organization on its site.

And help the organization accomplish its mission?

Puppy breeders, those dedicated volunteers who are among the first people a young dog in training gets to know, trust and love.

If you choose to volunteer for this life-changing role, there will be some initial considerations, as well as questions that you will want to think about.

A consideration? Where you reside. You and the puppy you are caring for will need to call on the Sylmar campus occasionally, and attendance at monthly puppy group meetings and “puppy kindergarten classes” is required.

The December 11 briefing will cover what you can expect from meetings and classes, as well as life at home with the prospective guide dog you are helping raise.

Questions addressed include the breeds and types of puppies the volunteers are raising, what to expect in terms of puppy control and the like, what out-of-pocket expenses might look like, and how long the puppy will live in your home. .

And, yes: “(What) happens when dogs ‘go to college’ to begin formal training” is also a central topic of the session, as well as how dogs are paired with their dogs. people forever once they graduate.

The word straight from Sylmar? “We ALWAYS need puppy breeders,” says Stephanie Colman, Puppy Program Coordinator.

So even if you can’t join the December Zoom, you can plan to attend an in-person info session on the Guide Dogs of America campus in early 2022.

Could this be your New Year’s resolution?

Following the Guide dogs of America The social pages will keep you up to date in terms of volunteer needs, training updates, and of course photos of super cute puppies.