Leader Dogs for the Blind is in immediate need of about 40 volunteer puppy raisers and host homes/volunteers.
“The future of our guide dog program depends on volunteers who provide loving homes for our Leader Dog puppies, and host specially selected breeding dogs,” says Sue Daniels, President and CEO of Leader Dog. “This dedicated group of volunteers directly contributes to a puppy’s chance of becoming a Leader Dog.”
Daniels says volunteers are critical to the success of Leader Dog, which empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight.
Puppy raisers are responsible for housebreaking and teaching good manners, as well as basic obedience training. Breeding stock hosts to “Moms” are responsible for keeping breeding dogs healthy and safe in their homes, whelping puppy litters and caring for puppies for their first six to seven weeks of life.
Both volunteer positions have transportation requirements and financial obligations, including providing food for the dogs. Volunteers are provided ongoing support by Leader Dog throughout the experience, which ranges from free veterinarian care to training support. To apply or for more information on either position, visit leaderdog.org/volunteers or call 888-777-5332.