Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 7 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
Volunteer puppy raisers recently picked up GDA’s “O” of yellow Labrador Retrievers. (more…)
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William And Betty Schertle Introduce New Generation To GDA
When Betty Schertle passed away last year, the trust that she and her husband William (Bill) had drawn up years earlier was read. In the trust, the couple named five charities to be recipients of a portion of their estate, among them was Guide Dogs of America.
Over the years, Guide Dogs of America has transformed from a small organization to a world-class guide dog school. The steady growth and enhancements to the program have been accomplished through the dedication and hard work of our puppy raisers, volunteers and staff, and the generosity of all of our donors
We have made some recent changes in our Nursery and Puppy Departments by incorporating a puppy enrichment program. We are seeing great results with this program and are excited to share the details with you in the Winter issue of our Partners newsletter. Read it here.
In addition, starting next year, GDA is transitioning from 28-day classes to 21-day classes for our clients in the United States and Canada who receive the gift of a guide dog at absolutely no cost to them.
New Enhanced Enrichment Program Gives Pups a ‘Paw Up’
Guide Dogs of America has always strived to give its puppies a “paw up” right from the start. GDA has its own breeding program to provide the best quality dogs possible for our blind and visually impaired guide dog recipients. The puppies are born in our nursery where they are cared for by our staff and a group of “selected” volunteers. These volunteers give the puppies individual attention and handling soon after they are born. This socialization is an important part of their development.
Calling all holiday-themed photos of Guide Dogs of America dogs! Submit your photo by February 28, 2016 to our sixth annual Holiday Card Contest. One photo will appear on the cover our 2016 Holiday Cards.
Guide Dogs of America will be closed Monday, January 2.
Guide Dogs of America will be closed Friday, December 30th.
Guide Dogs of America will be closed the Saturday before Christmas.