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New hybrid puppy-raising program from Guide Dogs for the Blind


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Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) intends to broaden its swimming pool of volunteer puppy raisers with a hybrid puppy-raising effort in Northern California. GDB’s “Hybrid Puppy Raising Project” accept interest kinds till March 15, 2023, from individuals who live within 50 miles of its head office school in San Rafael, California.

GDB’s standard puppy-raising program was solely face to face with hands-on trainings and useful conferences. However, this brand-new pilot program will include online trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops.

“The pandemic not only caused us to pivot to make more of our programs accessible online, but it also changed the way many people approach volunteer work in general,” said Christine Benninger, president and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, in an organizational release. “We are excited to engage volunteers in this new way to support our life-changing mission.”1

GDB will host an initial conference to go over the hybrid program through Zoom on March 16, from 6-7 PM PST. Following this conference, potential customers who are still thinking about being thought about for involvement will go through an onboarding procedure and get a home see from GDB.

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GDB volunteer puppy raisers are anticipated to take care of puppies from 2 to 15 months, nurturing and teaching them good manners, while likewise exposing them to a variety of socializing activities to prepare them in their journey to ultimately end up being guide dogs, K9 Buddies, or GDB breeder dogs. They go back to GDB’s school at 15 months of age for 3 months of extensive official training by GDB expert fitness instructors, prior to being coupled with an individual in requirement who is blind or aesthetically impaired. GDB is presently the biggest guide dog school in North America and has actually given that extended its reach with a Guide Dog Mobility Program, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program, and K9 Buddy Program.1


Guide Dogs for the Blind releases hybrid puppy-raising pilot to broaden volunteer reach in Northern California. News release. Guide Dogs for the Blind. Published February 28, 2023. Accessed March 14, 2023.

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