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 “N” of German Shepherds and the “P” litter of Golden Retrievers. (more…)
On sale now: Guide Dogs of America’s South Bay Puppy Raiser Group’s 2016 calendar!
Tehachapi Community Theatre’s opening night performance of “The Miracle Worker” will benefit Guide Dogs of America. Through its “Tickets for Charity” program, TCT donated 42 tickets to the August 28 performance of the classic story of Anne Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who is blind and deaf.
By Dale E. Hartford, GDA President/Director
Retired Guide Dog Nigel, a star of Guide Dogs of America’s educational films, passed away on August 14, 2015. Nigel, a Golden Retriever, and his partner Lorri Bernson graduated from Guide Dogs of America in 2002, as members of Class #333. Nigel was 15 years old.
Calling all holiday-themed photos of Guide Dogs of America dogs! Submit your photo by February 28, 2015 to our fifth annual Holiday Card Contest. One photo will appear on the cover our 2015 Holiday Cards.
GDA puppy raisers prep for “Turn-in”
Turn-in day at GDA is one of the happiest and one of the most heart-tugging days for GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers. The puppies these families, couples and individuals welcomed into their homes and hearts when they were about seven weeks old are heading off to the next step of their training to become a guide dog. These dedicated volunteers have attended countless obedience classes, puppy raiser meetings and GDA functions, and spent part of each day working on basic obedience and socializing their puppies.
How GDA’s puppies-in-training get their names
Before GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers receive their puppies, they are given the letter of the alphabet that was assigned to the litter by the Nursery Department the day the puppies were born and are asked to give the puppy a name that starts with that letter. All names are submitted to the Puppy Department for approval. A puppy cannot be given the same name as another puppy-in-training or of a working guide dog.
2014 Holiday Card Contest Winner
Congratulations to Guide Dogs of America volunteer puppy raiser Margaret Jackson! Her photo of her GDA puppy-in-training Major will be the cover of GDA’s 2014 Holiday Cards. Major, who’s pictured as a young pup, recently entered formal training at Guide Dogs of America.
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10:30-11:30—DOGS 9 MONTHS TO 10 MONTHS
12:00-1:00— DOGS 5 months TO 8 MONTHS
1:30-2:30—7 weeks to 4 months