When: Wed., March 18, 5:30 p.m. 2020
Channel your love of dogs into service work that changes lives. Learn how raising a guide dog puppy could make a difference in the life of an individual who is blind or visually impaired. Members of the Eureka Puppy Raisers, a local puppy club chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind, are recruiting volunteer puppy raisers to raise and socialize puppies that will ultimately empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired, giving them greater safety and independence. To help with this effort, the club welcomes the public to a presentation, “Raise a Puppy, Change a Life - An Introduction to Puppy Raising.” The presentation aims to educate prospective volunteers about the responsibilities and requirements of becoming a volunteer puppy raiser. Puppy raising may be a volunteer service project, but raisers are paid with unconditional love. It is volunteer service that is both warm, and fuzzy! Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching guide dog puppies good manners and providing socialization experiences for about the first year of the pups’ lives. Raisers receive the pups when they are approximately 8 weeks old, and the pups return to one of Guide Dogs for the Blind’s campuses for their formal guidework training when they are between 15 and 20 months of age.