Volunteers

Volunteers

GDA Puppies Meet Their Raisers!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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Donor Spotlight: Bill and Pam McDonald Giving Their All to GDA

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

For GDA Partners in Trust Bill and Pam McDonald, it took only one visit to Guide Dogs of America to know they wanted to offer their financial support to the school.
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GDA Puppies Meet Their Raisers!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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Order now! Guide Dogs of America’s 7th Annual Holiday Card

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Our 2017 holiday card features a close-up of a Guide Dogs of America black Labrador puppy sitting in front of a tree. A blue ornament decorated with the GDA logo hangs on a nearby branch. The inside message reads “Pawsing to wish you Happy Holidays.”

The cards measure 5″x7″ and are bundled 15 cards (with envelopes) to a pack. Price is $15 per pack plus shipping and tax.
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“E,” “G,” “H,” and “I” Litters Meet Their Raisers!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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Puppy Raising

Friday, June 30th, 2017
We Need You To Help Raise Us!

Volunteer as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America and be a part of changing the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired. GDA is looking for loving homes to raise a puppy of 8 weeks of age until he or she is around 18 months old. If you live in Southern California, we want to hear from you.

 

Arm full of puppies

Our puppies are placed in foster homes at 8 weeks of age. The volunteer foster families are called puppy raisers.

All first-time applicants must fill out applications and be interviewed before a puppy is placed in the home. Raisers must live in Southern California (Sylmar, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Orange County, Westside Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura or San Luis Obispo). Children and pets in the household are a plus.

Receiving a puppy: You will be notified and scheduled to come in for a Puppy Orientation meeting. In this meeting we’ll explain the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for raising the puppy. You will be given a a Puppy Manual on raising and a folder with schedules and tips to help you along the way. After orientation you will be given your GDA puppy.

You will also receive a bowl, brush, bone, leash, collar, ID tag, ID card, puppy jacket, and a 5 lb bag of dog food. Food and any items purchased for the puppy are tax deductible. Our puppies are cared for in our state-of-the-art veterinary clinic on our campus in Sylmar. Out-of-state puppy raisers are reimbursed for all veterinary bills.

Your role as a puppy raiser: You will play an essential part in making sure your puppy receives the proper socialization needed to help adjust to the important job he or she will do later on in life.

It will be your responsibility to socialize the puppy as much as you can. Take your puppy everywhere. Expose the puppy to as many different situations as possible (construction sites, heavy traffic areas, animals, children). A well-socialized puppy will have fewer adjustments to make when he or she comes in for formal guide dog training.

Through our obedience classes, you will teach your puppy how to walk on a leash, how to sit, stay, lay down, and come when called. It will also be your responsibility to attend monthly meetings. The meetings allow your puppy the opportunity to interact with other dogs and the meetings give you the opportunity to talk to other puppy raisers. The meetings are a good time to make friends and compare notes on your puppies.

Guide dog “college”: At about 18 months of age, our puppies return to Guide Dogs of America for formal guide dog training. At that time, we host an In-For-Training Luncheon for puppy raisers as a way to say thank you, to get together one last time, and to give puppy raisers an opportunity to say goodbye as they send their puppies off to formal training.

Formal training takes about four to six months. There is no visiting during this time but the puppy raiser can call to see how their puppy is doing while in training and will receive quarterly report cards.

The ultimate reward: Guide Dogs of America volunteer puppy raisers meet the blind recipient of the dog they raised at the guide dog team’s Graduation Ceremony.

Donor Spotlight: Two Very Special Ladies and a Very Special Gift

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

A daughter wanted to fulfill her mother’s wishes, and Guide Dogs of America was honored to be the recipient of a gift of more than $1 million. The daughter made the gift anonymously in loving memory of her mother.
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“C” and “D” Litters Meet Their Raisers!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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“B” Litter Meets Their Volunteer Raisers!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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Donor Spotlight: Her Thrift Became Sizable Gift to GDA

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Even as a young girl, Patricia “Pat” Custer was a dog lover. It was a wonderful surprise that she left her estate of more than $1 million to Guide Dogs of America. Those who knew Custer were aware of her thriftiness, but all were amazed by the large a donation she gifted to GDA.

Custer began her career as a secretary at NBC in Hollywood, Calif. In 1973, she became the bookkeeper for the newly formed Corporate Productions Inc. (CPI) and stayed with the company the rest of her career.
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