Volunteers

Raising a GDA puppy

I have to admit that when I first brought home an adorable little puppy named Kiwi, one thought running through my head was that it was going to break my heart to give her up.  And I did cry when … Read more

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Help GDA Make Teams Come True!

In two years, someone we haven’t met yet will sit anxiously in their dorm room, waiting for a trainer to walk in with a highly trained guide dog picked especially for them.  In two years, someone we haven’t met yet … Read more

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Support Our Student Dorm Renovation Project In 2018, Guide Dogs of America underwent much-needed renovations of our student dormitory and administration building. We reconfigured the inside architecture to create more inviting and collaborative workspaces, added four bedrooms to allow for … Read more

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“Doggie in the Window” Quilt

Thank you to all who contributed to the Annual GDA Quilt Raffle! The winner is Juliana Bates from Sandy Spring, Maryland. This year’s quilt was handcrafted by “The Orange County Quilters Guild”, and Maryann Hertel. The Orange County Quilters crafted and … Read more

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Can I Raise a Guide Dog Puppy?

My goal was unique – I wanted to be a Guide Dogs of America puppy raiser!  If you ask the average 7 year old what they want to be when they grow up you’ll probably get a variety of answers. … Read more

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Transit Day for Guide Dog Pups!

Puppies trained to become guide dogs practice public transit etiquette in Central Park Puppy raisers from the Sylmar puppy raising group recently had the unique opportunity to expose their foster puppies-in-training to three different busses, and they had the busses … Read more

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Guidance Counseling!

Whole Dog Journal is a national publication targeting pet owners and dog sport enthusiasts.  Our Puppy Department coordinator, Stephanie, has been a long-time contributor, and was asked to write an article about how GDA socializes its puppies, and what pet … Read more

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Puppy Fever!

We know puppy raising is addicting, and Sylmar area leaders Bob and Pam English are definitely hooked!  They’ve been raising puppies with Guide Dogs of America since 1987, and on Friday, April 13, they welcomed their 31st puppy into their … Read more

Volunteers wanted!

Puppy raisers are the cornerstone of our training program at Guide Dogs of America. Puppies are welcomed into loving foster homes at 8 weeks old, where they learn basic obedience, house manners and how to be calm and confident in … Read more